Language Resident Name: Hugo Briones Cáceres
Day and Date: Monday, April 16th
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Spanish Conversation Intermediate
Class theme/topics discussed: Vocabulary and games
Goal of the class:
To learn new vocabulary
To derive words
How did you structure the class?
- We start the class by discussing how everyone’s weekends were.
- In groups and using a ppt presentation, students are given a word. They have to come up with the most number of words derived from it (e.g.: mar, marino, marítimo, malecón). They have to write them on a white board and press the buzzers to get the point. If they wrote inexistent words, false cognates or words with orthographic mistakes, they do not get a point.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
Students liked the activity. The worked in teams and were involved in it. They also made sure to ask when they had doubts in regards to certain lexical items. They also liked the competitive element of the game. The idea works out quite well with advanced students too.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
The class worked out quite well. Even though the game was thought as an ice breaker, we used the whole class playing it, and students liked it that way.