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!
This week we will begin our sports unit and I am very excited about trying out some new vocabulary strategies and new authentic listening activities I created.
I went on youtube and searched for a variety of things – I love Doki from Discovery Kids en español and there is usually a video for just about any topic – and of course there was one for sports. It’s great because it uses a lot of great vocabulary and of course has the visuals in the video to go with it.
Here is the video –
Here is a listening activity I created – freebie! I’ve been trying to do more than just the typical cloze activity for listening authentic videos/songs, so I hope you like what I created.
Here is another video I found for esto es otra liga – an online fantasy soccer league. It is also chock full of great sports vocabulary and uses the verb jugar many times.
Here is the activity I created for it on TPT. I plan on having them listen to the video without watching it first to make some predictions.
Here is the video –
I really enjoy using authentic materials for listening- I started a few years ago and have each year used more and more. I really think the students benefit from it more than using the audio that texts books provide. What do you think? Do you use one or the other or both?
In my quest to find authentic resources to teach the vocabulary for body parts, I came across the following children’s games online.
My plan is to give the students a handout with images of the body parts, and as they are playing the games they will discover and learn the body parts vocabulary. On my previous posts, I shared some great songs I use to teach body parts too, definitely check them out- the kids love them!
D0 you have any online body parts vocab games you use?