Sunday, 29 January 2012

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.

1. Kelly's Eye 
2. One Little Duck
 
3. Cup of Tea
 
4. Knock at the Door
 
5. Man Alive
 
6. Tom’s tricks
 
7. Lucky 7
 
8. Garden Gate
 
9. Doctors Orders
 
10. Tony's Den
 
11. Legs Eleven
 
12. One Dozen
 
13. Unlucky for Some
 
14. Valentines Day
 
15. Young and Keen
 
16. Sweet Sixteen
 
17. Dancing Queen
 
18. Coming of Age
 
19. Goodbye-Teens
 
20. One Score
 
21. Key of the Door
 
22. Two Little Ducks
 
23. Thee and Me
 
24. Two Dozen
 
25. Duck and Dive
 
26. Pick and Mix
 
27. Gateway to Heaven
 
28. Over Weight
 
29. Rise and Shine
 
30. Dirty Gertie
31. Get up and Run
32. Buckle my Shoe
33. Dirty Knee
34. Ask for More
 
35. Jump and Jive
 
36. Three Dozen
37. More than Eleven
38. Christmas Cake
39. Steps
40. Naughty Forty
41. Time for Fun
 
42. Winnie the Pooh
 
43. Down on your Knees
 
44. Droopy Drawers
45. Halfway There
 
46. Up to Tricks
 
47. Four and Seven
 
48. Four Dozen
 
49. PC
 
50. Half a Century
 
51. Tweak of the Thumb
 
52. Danny La Rue
 
53. Stuck in the Tree
 
54. Clean the Floor
 
55. Snakes Alive
 
56. Was she worth it
 
57. Heinz Varieties
 
58. Make them Wait
 
59. Brighton Line
 
60. Five Dozen
61. Bakers Bun 
62. Turn on the Screw
 
63. Tickle Me 63
 
64. Red Raw
 
65. Old Age Pension
 
66. Clickety Click
 
67. Made in Heaven
 
68. Saving Grace
 
69. Either Way Up
 
70. Three Score & Ten
 
71. Bang on the Drum
 
72. Six Dozen
 
73. Queen B
 
74. Candy Store
 
75. Strive & Strive
 
76. Trombones
 
77. Sunset Strip
 
78. Heavens Gate
 
79. One More Time
 
80. Eight & Blank
 
81. Stop & Run
 
82. Straight On Through
 
83. Time for Tea
 
84. Seven Dozen
 
85. Staying Alive
 
86. Between the Sticks
 
87. Torquay in Devon
 
88. Two generously proportioned people of either gender
 
89. Nearly There
 
90. Top of the Shop



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





Bingo Lingo Slideshow

Bingo Cards

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