Our students have such a breadth of knowledge and a base of vocabulary that can be widely varied, especially if they come from different teachers at the prior level. Not one student leaves my class without acquiring some of my favorite phrases:
Chao chao, nos vemos
But if they come from Andrea’s class, you’ll hear them say
No hay problema and ¿EN SERIO? all the time.
Not to mention, as we spiral our way through the curriculum at all levels, lots of words just keep coming up, right? So Telepatia is a great way to get them thinking of all of the things that they do know, and it’s a game, so they have fun with it! Extra bonus. It requires zero prep. ZERO. Like, literally nothing.
Have students pair up. They should sit back to back with their partner, each with a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. If you have mini-white boards and enough dry erase for everyone, even better.
Just think about how many different topics you could use, and how you could scaffold to activate prior knowledge!
At home → the bathroom → things we waste
Those would all lead SO WELL in our La huella hídrica unit!
At school → Relationships → why people are mean to others
This goes from basic to essential question focused in the Digamos no al bullying unit.
And if you have NOVICE level in those first days of class? I know what you're thinking..."won't work!" So try this: Comidas en español, Lugares, Famosos, and depending on where you live, there could be street or city names. For example, here in San Diego, there are cities like Rancho Bernardo, Encinitas, and streets like Via de la Valle... Consider starting with an example for each category:
...to get them started and see where it goes! You can even put students in pairs and have them compete against another pair to help generate ideas.
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