I’m always changing up how students learn new vocabulary in my class. After bouncing ideas off of Kara, this is how we are doing our “What we like to do” unit goal: I can talk about sports I like to watch and play. 

We watched bits and pieces several videos, similar to this one…

I didn’t expect them to understand a lot, but it set the stage for a nice little conversation about sports. I connected each sport to the country where the video came from like basketball and how it’s becoming very popular in Spain and baseball growing popularity in Mexico. As we talked students started to fill this sheet out.

Then we went to ESPNDeportes.espn.go.com to look at the names of other sports.

Then students practiced a little with these tweets.

That’s how they worked for their new vocabulary. I could have given them a list, but where’s the authenticity in that?