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Unread Oct 17th, 2006, 12:36 pm
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I am writing up a lesson plan for vocabulary. For the actual teaching of the words, I have writing the words on the board (food words) and then ask students if they know the words.

Does someone have more ideas I can use to teach vocabulary words (meat, vegetables, oranges, bananas, cookies).

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I would think visuals would be very important. Why not do up a powerpoint presentation with pictures of all the different foods.

Bring a menu from a restaurant for them to look at.

Ask them to prepare a shopping list in English for a class party.
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thank you, very good ideas
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How old are the sts?
You could draw the items and/or use flashcards.
Pictionary is a good game for foods.
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Hi Williejean,

I guess that if you're presenting basic food items your students must be at a lower level.

Eliciting vocabulary meaning is an acceptable way of presenting vocab. but at a lower level students often don't have the English to give details explanations. Translation is one way around this, but then your knowledge of the students L1 needs to be absolute (at least for the vocabulary set you're presenting) and this can be umpopular if you're supposed to be following the direct approach.

I would definintely suggest flashcards to input basic language like food items. The meaning is immediately clear, it saves a lot of time and you can model correct pronunciation and do a class drill with each card.
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Dear Williejean

I remember a spanish class like that. We sat for what seemed like hours, but was probably an hour, while the teacher wrote a ton of words on the board. Boy was it dull, and guess what, I didn't remember any of the Spanish for asparagus, radish or whatever it was.
At least on this site you'll get loads of ideas on how to do things.

To introduce the vocab you could put pictures up either side of the board, or around the room and call out the word. The students must point at the correct picture. Do this with a fast pace, say one word every second or two, that way you will cover the same words over and over until the students learn them by heart.

If you have children then draw a line down the board and put pics to the left and the right. Call out one of the words, the children, standing in the ailes between their desks, jump to the left or to the right to indicate which side of the board the picture is.

If you don't have room for the jumping then have the kids stick out their left or right arm.
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Thanks Shelly:

Yes, this site is great, people are really helpful and you get great ideas.

Thanks for your suggestion, it is one of many ideas I will use.
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You could play memory, children love it.
You just need flashcards (with the pictures you want them to learn) and labels (with the written words). Display the flashcards in one side of the blackboard and the labels in the other side.
Write numbers or letters next to each flashcard and label.
Your students must tell you 2 letters or numbers or, if you have mixed both a letter and a number, take the flashcard and the label your students said and see if they match, if not put them back again and ask for another flashcard and label
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thanks sagrerasonia, another good idea
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I would think visuals would be very important. Why not do up a powerpoint presentation with pictures of all the different foods.

Bring a menu from a restaurant for them to look at.

Ask them to prepare a shopping list in English for a class party.

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Here is an action song that uses food vocabulary, mostly fruit.
The chant is High Up In An Apple Tree and you can hear it at the link below.

http://smedia.vermotion.com/media/12...ple%20Tree.mp3

The words and instructions for the chant are at this link
http://pasouthwell.vermotion.net/_Hi...pple_Tree.html

In the Song Package for this song there are flash cards several fruits as well as some tropical fruits such as mangos, papayas etc so the students can learn the western names for familiar fruits they meet on a daily basis. Song Packages can be found on the Products page.
Hope this helps with your food vocabulary lessons
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Here is a link for the song package for High Up In An Apple Tree.
It has the song and flashcards as well as a lesson plan, worksheets and lyrics and instructions on how to play the game.

http://pasouthwell.vermotion.net/SP7...g_Package.html
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