I really enjoy finding new ways for my students to learn vocabulary! Long gone are the days of boring powerpoint presentations and vocabulary lists. Students truly enjoy exploring authentic media and there’s no better way to learn vocabulary than to experience it hands on.
Yesterday we started a new unit on food with my Novice Level 1 students. I’ve presented this vocabulary in a variety of ways but last year thought that it would be interesting to see what students came up with if I asked them to create their own vocabulary lists (with guidance and structure por supuesto). I provided them with a list of supermarket websites and told them to find 6 items (or more) for each food group. The students had so much fun looking through the sites and online catalogs and seeing how currencies work in different countries. They also discovered some food items they’ve never seen here before so that is always a great conversation starter.
Here is the list I gave them – do you have any favorite supermarket sites? Share them in the comments!
I’m currently teaching a restaurant unit and have been on the search for authentic resources. This is an easy unit to find resources for as I have a ton of menus from my travels and there are many online. I’ve been looking specifically for restaurants that had not only an online menu, but authentic dishes too. In a previous post I mentioned sopasypostres.com.co – a restaurant from Colombia that serves authentic dishes. Today I found Fruterías Patty – a restaurant that focuses on serving dishes full of fresh fruits and veggies! Their site doesn’t have too much information – but their menu is in PDF format (http://fruteriaspatty.com/documents/2013eneroPROOF.pdf) and I was able to take some nice screen shots and make a http://www.lingtlanguage.com activity with it. I like using lingtlanguage because I can have the students do listening, reading and writing and it saves paper! I also found a commercial for their restaurant! Their facebook site does have a lot of info and daily specials! Check it out!
What restaurants would you recommend using in this unit???
I’m currently in the restaurant unit with my 1B’s. I love this unit because there are so many things you can do and so much authentic content out there for one to use in the classroom. Here is an activity I created for my students to explore restaurants in Colombia.
The webquest is on TPT because it took quite a long time to make and here are the sites I used.