March 26, 2012 by Kara
So there I am, sitting, staring at the goals, and trying to figure out how to start the unit. I could give them a vocab list. They could make their own with pictures. They could match descriptions to the vocab word. This all seems so overwhelming! There are so many places in the city! Also brain theory says that students learn information in chunks of 7 or so.
Well, I’m going to try a different approach and begin the learning around the culture. This time I’m going to teach one place a day and teach how to describe it in detail using their prior knowledge. Today I started with “movie theater.” I will introduce it with an example in the target language (Hunger Game trailer and tweets for movie theater). The tweets use the word “cine” several times. Then they will fill out the graphic organizer about that place. Next step, they will choose one place they like to hang out and create a learning center for their classmates with culture (I will help with this: El Corte Inglés for mall, Parc Guell for parks, a bullring for stadium), useful words and an activity.
I’ll let you know how it’s going later!