Thursday, 21 July 2011

Bingo Lingo!

21st July 2011

In today’s lesson we focused on good old fashioned rhyming bingo calls.  They contain so much humour and expression of real life concepts that are particular to the UK. How the phrases represent the numbers by rhyming or meaning provides excellent pronunciation practise and oodles of vocabulary. Traditionally the phrases are called before the numbers, giving those who have internalised the code the advantage.
As a warmer the learners were given the task of sharing what they know about ‘bingo’, surprisingly only two knew of the game and went on to describe it to the others. I set the scene of a local bingo hall and its patrons, how serious it can be, little old ladies furiously stamping an array of cards with their wide-tipped marker pens. I went on to explain that if you know the phrases you can shout ‘BINGO’ first!

The students were given a handout and then focused on a slide-show presenting the numbers 1 – 21 with pictures. We read a phrase at a time, predicting what would be in the upcoming picture. This provided lots of interesting and often funny ideas and with regular concept checking the group soon had them down. We then played a few games, each picking up in pace in the competitive atmosphere and they were soon using 3 cards at a time. This was greatly enjoyed and I’m toying with the idea of trying to slowly introduce all 90! Perhaps offer a certificate in Bingo Linguistics ;)

I’m bemused that this old tradition has fallen by the way due to ‘political correctness’, after having a good laugh at Frankie Boyle’s jokes and watching two fat ladies doing new and exciting things with lard on their cookery show. Nevertheless I am aware of my multicultural group and will change a few things in order to avoid any inappropriate discussion.

A video demonstrating how interactive whiteboard
 software was used to support and enhance the lesson

Bingo Lingo Slideshow

Bingo Cards

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