Use the Partner ping-pong activity from The Oral Language Book (page 41) to support students to generate ideas or vocabulary on a topic. 

In pairs, students have turns at saying one thing each. They continue until one person cannot think of a new idea. 
Topics could include: 

  • Share facts from the podcast, book or video clip
  • Remember the instructions for how to … 
  • Share words that start with …
  • Share adjectives/adverbs/descriptive verbs, etc.
  • Name things that are a specific colour, shape, big, small, etc.


 Check out The Oral Language Book for more great talk ideas.

Related resources

A fluency phone, also referred to as a whisper phone or phonics phone, is a self-amplifying device.

Focus: using a fluency phone to support students during writing self-checks

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