Oh, Wow! Creating a Buzz about Filler Words, Interjections, and Onomatopoeia
In my latest video in the Language Notes series, I tackle a sizable list of filler words, interjections, and onomatopoeic words. I don’t see learners walking away with all items memorized, but my hope is that they will understand the concept of each word group and retain my words of so-called wisdom about trying to incorporate the use of such words in their own speech. I demonstrate how the elimination of filler words actually creates smoother, more confident speech. I also caution students against some of the ruder interjections, such as duh!
Here are more ideas for a lesson on this topic.
- Find out how familiar your students are with filler words, interjections, and onomatopoeia. Use my Language Notes_8_classroom slides to test their present knowledge before watching the video.
- After watching the video, you can make use of an activity to help students recall the language presented.
- Filler Words, Interjections, and Onomatopoeia_handout A This exercise may produce humorous results during pair work. The two fill-in-the-blank dialogs were designed in the popular Mad Libs style.
- Filler Words, Interjections, and Onomatopoeia_handout B This exercise was also created for pair work. Careful listening is needed to meet the challenge of supplying the necessary sound effects for two short narratives.
- Filler Words, Interjections, and Onomatopoeia_handout C This exercise helps students understand register. You may choose to have students work alone, in pairs, or in a small group as they rewrite a dialog with more polite speech.
- Please invite students to try my interactive exercises to review on their own.
- Schoolhouse Rock still rocks with their old videos on grammar and punctuation. Click here for their video on interjections.
- Digging in the TV archives of Electric Company led to this video on onomatopoeia. You can have students match sounds to events on flashcards: canon – boom, cork – pop, diving – splash, etc.