Last week I gave two very simple suggestions to practise spelling, and using this to either reinforce vocabulary, or to use as warmers to lead in to a topic, for example. Here are three more suggestions, which you’ll find similarly focus students’ minds.
– Spell out words to students but backwards, e.g. L-A-V-I-T-S-E-F. With stronger students, as well as choosing more challenging, longer words, you could also add the element of speed. Once modelled, students can work in groups to do the same.
– Try writing the word on the board but using your finger. Write in large letters in lower case, one letter at a time, and put your arm down when you have finished. Repeat each word until a student manages to guess. Then he or she can do the next word, if appropriate.
– Ask students to write words on their partners’ backs, if this is appropriate for your context. Get two rows of students to stand parallel to the board: Row A and Row B. Each person from row A should have a partner that they are standing opposite, in row B. Both teams should face away from the board. Write a word up and ask ONLY students in row A to look. They then ‘write’ the word with their finger on their partner’s back. The first B student to shout out the correct word gets a point for themselves (and their partner). After doing 4-6 words, A and B students should change places.