We will start with the most effective strategy; Identifying Similarities & Differences
Falling under this strategy include activities that ask students to compare, classify, and create metaphors & analogies.
-Have students compare cultural celebration and practices from the target culture to their own using a venn diagram or comparison matrix
-Have students compare the meaning of a series of vocabulary words (cocinar, cocina, cocinero) and then another that includes at least one of the same words (cocinero, bombero, enfermero)
-Have students take a list of vocabulary to be learned and break it into their own categories. For example, upon receiving a list of words related to the house, students might classify words for items based on what room of the house they would commonly be found in.
-Have students look closely at verbs used in sentences and classify them according to the subject
3) Creating Analogies
-Give students two words and ask them to think about the relationship between those two things, then give them a third word and have them come up with a word that relates in the same way. For example, comer is to pollo as beber is to _______?
Looking for activities that fit this strategy? Here are a few of my favorites...click to learn more!