New Words


Teaching a new language implies teaching new words. They have to be introduced and practiced in context.

These are some of my children's favorite activities that can be used with any group of new words.

Show me
Display a number of picture cards. Say the name of an object on one of the cards and ask individual children to go to the front of the class and point to the correct card.


What's this?
Invite your children to say the name of the object as you show the picture. You can also want to ask the children to say the new word in sentences such as "It is an apple".


Is this a..?
Show the cards. For each card ask "Is this a...?" Let your kids answer the question using "Yes, it is/No, it isn't"
Invite children to correctly identify and name the objects.


Name Bee
Divide the class into two teams. Show a picture card to a member of a team and ask the child to identify it. A team gets one point for each correctly named object.


What's missing?
Display the pictures of five objects on a table. Invite your kids to name the objects several times, going in order from left to right. Then pick up all the cards, mix them up and remove one card. Place the remaining cards on the table. The class has to say the name of the object on the missing card.
If you are working with older kids, add more cards.


Memory Game
Ask four of five kids to line up in front of the class. Give each of the students a picture card. Ask each child to name the object on the card and show it to the class. Then tell the students to put their cards behind their backs so that the class cannot see them.
Ask the kids in front of the class to change the order in which they are standing. Then prompt the class to say the name of the picture that each student has, by asking questions such as "What has Ana got?" with the class responding with the name of the object.


Naming by colour
If your kids know colours, display pictures of four or five objects of different colours. Tell the kids to name the red object, the blue object, and so on..


Naming by position
If the kids know prepositions of place, display five or six picture cards. Say "I can see an object next to the table". What's this?"


Which go together?
Display cards from various categories. Tell the kids to name all the words in a category, for instance, all the foods, all the animals, all the jobs and so on...


Riddles
Display eight or ten pictures cards. Make up descriptive sentences relating to one of the items, such as .."It is an animal. It's a pet. It has got spots. It can bark. What's this?". Let your kids guess which picture you are describing.


Action commands
Line up cards along the blackboard. Give individual kids commands to follow, such as "Point to the ball. Point to the blue object. Place the ball next to the fish" Then encourage your kids to give commands to other kids.


Picture sentences
Have the studens learn and chant sentences for the key word on each picture card that you present. This way the students are learning the words in context that supplements the picture. Here are some examples:
The duck is on the farm.


Chain chants
Ask the kids to chant simple sentences while showing pictures. For example show a picture of tomatoes and let kids chant "I like tomatoes". Then add a picture of an ice-cream and let kids chant "I like tomatoes and pizza".
Continue in the same manner until the kids are naming ten objects. To extend this activity you may want to remove cards and have the kids continue to chant, naming all the "missing" objects.

Pronunciation
Show sets of at least five pictures, the names of at least three of which beging with the same sound.
Ask the children to say the name of each picture and point to the words that begin with the sound you indicate. It is best to use a single consonant sound like B, D, L, M.. for example banana, lion, etc


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