EFL Advent Calendar – 11th December


Rudolph Song Dash – 11th December

A confession to make: I semi-stole this idea from Joanna Malefaki at ELT Rambles. Check out her blog if you haven’t already, it’s awesome! Back in 2014, she posted a series of activities all about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and looking through it today reminded me of another fun activity you can do with… any song.

For: Kids/Teens/Adults

Level: Elementary +

Time: 5-10mins

You’ll need to do a little prep in advance for this one, so it’s a good warmer to use at the beginning of a lesson – particularly if you’re working with a sleepy group of teens who could use a little waking up! Read through the lyrics to the song of your choice, and choose some words from it. Aim to choose words that appear several times throughout the song (at least one or two words from the chorus) and that are spread throughout the lyrics. Around 8-10 different words are ideal, for example from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer I’d probably choose ‘Rudolph’, ‘red’, ‘reindeer’, ‘Christmas Eve’, ‘sleigh’, ‘nose’, ‘laugh’, ‘history’, ‘bright’).

Once you’ve chosen your words, write them on the board at random, as spread out as possible (although take into account the height of your learners if you’re doing this with kids – they need to be able to touch the words!).

To play, split the class into two teams, and get them to stand in two lines in front of the board. Tell them that you will play a song – when they hear a word on the board, they need to hit the word. It’s a race; the first person to hit the correct word wins a point for their team.

Have a practice round with the first couple of players from each team – they come forward, hit the word, then go to the back of the line and the next two players come forward. Then play for real!

The team with the most points at the end of the song is the winner!


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