Slap the board - a vocabulary revision activity

Slap the board is an energetic vocabulary activity - it can be used for revision, presentation and testing - which involves students running to and hitting the board.

Psyche Kennett


  • Put the vocabulary items on the board in any order - jumbled and sometimes a little bit higher than the tallest child can reach, so that they'll have to jump.
  • Form groups. Give a mother tongue translation for one of the words on the board. The students have got to recognise the word which translates to that word. They then run to the board and slap the correct word. The first person in each group to slap the right word gets a point.
  • Alternatively, you can form teams and one person from the team runs to the board, as a representative. The first team to hit the correct word gets the point. The representative changes, ready for the next word. This is a little calmer than if everyone is running to the board.
  • You can reverse the translation, by putting the mother tongue on the board. And of course, you could use definitions or opposites if you want to avoid using the mother tongue.
  • You can do it with pictures so you put the pictures on the board and call out the English word and the kids slap the picture.
  • The teacher doesn't have to call out the English word, you can get other kids to call out so they're getting practice speaking too.
Language Level


Submitted by Blerina on Wed, 03/20/2024 - 20:26

I will try to use it in my class too.

Submitted by Mazha on Fri, 12/22/2023 - 09:03


Research and insight

Browse fascinating case studies, research papers, publications and books by researchers and ELT experts from around the world.

See our publications, research and insight