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Looking for a way to review vocabulary words and use your previous knowledge?

One way to review newer vocabulary while using older vocabulary is to do "circomlocution." Essentially, you play it like password with a partner. You describe the word in the target language. Not only is this fun, but it also boosts your communication skills. I learned this while student teaching, using it quite often.

In my long term substitute position at DC Everest, I brought this concept in. I was working with students who were reluctant to speak in the language, but by having them work on this activity, they were forced to use their prior knowledge. Most of the students really enjoyed this, and I was happy to hear them speak in Spanish.

The conventional way of reviewing vocabulary when I was in high school was to create 2 columns- one Spanish/French, the other French. This is still a good way of studying, but there is only so much you can do with this resource. One can still use this circomlocution activity by having a written description on one side of a notecard or in one column, and the Spanish word on the opposite side.

Some useful phrases to begin describing words:

Es una cosa que...

Es un verbo...

Es algo que...

Tiene...

C'est une chose...

C'est pour...

C'est (un couleur)...

Think of more? Please comment! :)

Gracias/Merci!

Cassandra S.

French/Spanish Tutor - Stevens Point, Wisconsin