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Igniting a Passion for Words: An English Teacher’s Journey in Vocabulary Building

Team StoryWeavers|August 01, 2023, 22:46 IST|

Vocabulary building in classroom

As an English teacher at Air Force School Chandan Nagar, my mission has always been to instill a love for language in my students and empower them with the tools they need to express themselves eloquently. Among the essential pillars of language learning, a  robust vocabulary stands tall, forming the foundation for effective communication and academic success. In pursuit of this goal, I have embarked on a journey to introduce innovative classroom activities that not only make vocabulary building exciting but also cater to the unique needs of each student. 

Every classroom is a tapestry of diverse talents and learning styles. To ensure that no child is left behind and that every student can flourish, I have wholeheartedly embraced differentiated teaching. By tailoring instruction to cater to the specific needs of each student, I have witnessed remarkable growth in their language skills and self-confidence. 


A kaleidoscope of engaging vocabulary-building activities 

Over the years, I have developed and refined a collection of interactive activities that spark curiosity and enthusiasm among my students, making vocabulary building a delightful experience. These activities not only strengthen their vocabulary but also nurture creativity and critical thinking. Here are some of the vibrant activities that have  taken centre stage in my classroom: 

Hot seat: Igniting collaboration and word we call 

The ‘hot seat’ game has been a resounding success in my classroom. Students eagerly take turns sitting on the ‘hot seat’, with their peers providing clues for a given vocabulary word. The excitement is palpable as they race to guess the correct word based on the clues provided. Not only does this activity reinforce their vocabulary, but it also fosters collaboration and camaraderie. 

Word maps: Exploring word associations 

To stimulate word association skills, I introduced the ‘word maps’ activity. By giving students a central term like ‘horse’, they embark on a journey of discovery,  brainstorming related words like ‘saddle’, ‘leather’ and ‘race bridle’. The friendly competition within a time limit ignites their curiosity, and I witness their language horizons expanding with every round. 

Rapid synonym: Thinking on their feet 

In the ‘Rapid synonym’, my students showcase their quick-thinking prowess.  They race against the clock to provide synonyms for given words, and I marvel at their ability to recall diverse synonyms with ease. This game not only sharpens their vocabulary but also strengthens their language fluency.

Roll a dice for vocabulary activities: Unpredictable fun 

The element of surprise takes centre stage in the ‘Roll a dice’ game. As my students eagerly await the roll of the die, they are assigned exciting vocabulary challenges. From defining words and using them in sentences to acting them out, providing synonyms,  antonyms or even drawing the word on the board, their faces light up with joy and enthusiasm. 

Wordbee: Unlocking creativity and problem-solving 

The ‘Wordbee’ has been a revelation in fostering creativity and problem-solving skills. Armed with a set of provided letters, my students embark on a word-hunting adventure, racing against the clock to discover hidden words. I cherish witnessing their imaginations soar as they uncover new linguistic gems. 


As an educator, I firmly believe in the collaborative effort between schools and parents in nurturing well-rounded individuals. I encourage parents and guardians to join in the language-rich activities at home, such as reading together, engaging in word puzzles and discussing books. Such endeavours create a powerful synergy, reinforcing the love for language in our young learners. 

My journey in vocabulary building has been nothing short of exhilarating. Witnessing my students’ language skills blossom and seeing their faces light up with excitement is a  constant source of inspiration. By embracing differentiated teaching and incorporating these engaging activities, I am proud to play a part in unlocking the power of words in their lives. Together, we embark on a journey of endless exploration and boundless possibilities in the world of language and communication.

Authored by Daljeet Kaur, English Teacher, Air Force School, Chandannagar, Pune

Disclaimer: The views stated in this article are solely those of the author. They do not profess to reflect the opinions or views of BYJU’s or its members.

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