Human orchestra

incl. materials
30 min.


The learner can recognize and produce vowels, consonants and sounds correctly.


Cards with a drawing or a word representing the vowel, consonant or sound you want to practice, e.g. if you work on the sound ‘ee’, show a card representing a bee, an ear, etc.

You can work on two or three sounds at a time.


  • Divide the group into teams of 4 or 5. If the group has 5 or fewer learners, you do not need to make teams.
  • Ask each team (or learner) to choose a ‘noise’ that corresponds to the vowels, consonants or sounds you want to work on.
    Example ‘ee’:
    Let the learners chant or sing it.
    ‘t’ and ‘d’: Let the learners choose a sound with ‘ta’ and ‘da’. If they work in a team, the learners must agree on the same intonation and the same rhythm.
  • Each group must say the sound in a different tone and rhythm.
  • Show the learners the gestures you use
    to start the noise.
    to increase the volume.
    to decrease the volume.
    to stop the noise.
  • You are the ‘conductor’. Appoint a team and ask them to make their noise.
  • Appoint the other teams one by one, while the other teams keep making their sounds.
  • The teams make their noise until they receive another instruction (increasing / decreasing volume or stopping)
  • Conduct the teams by increasing and decreasing the volume, by stopping and starting again. The class becomes a human orchestra.
  • Let a learner replace you as the ‘conductor’.


Words containing the vowel, consonant or sound

  • Show the cards with the drawings or the words (‘bee’, ‘ear’, etc.) to the learners, name what is drawn and let them repeat the word.
  • Give a card to each team (learner).
  • Repeat the instructions with the words instead of the sounds.

Tips for the instructor

  • Beginners: Let the learners make sentences with the words.
  • Advanced: Let the learners make a story with the words.