Panoramic view of the Port
By creating a vocabulary list and focussing on words they don't know, the students can extract meaning from many sentences that they do not understand, because they do not know the meaning of some of the concepts. In order to spark the students' interest in vocabulary, they need a lot of motivation and help to discover the meaning of new concepts that interest them. An explanation of a new word can be found in a dictionary and it is good for students to become skilful in using these books, but it is also important for the students themselves to investigate the answer. They can ask the teacher or family members, etc. Motivating interest in learning new things is a continual process that requires dedication and stimulation on the part of the teacher.
Giving each student the chance to create their own vocabulary list means that they will have a resource of their own that they can consult and add to when appropriate.
Piece of work linked to the following stage areas:
Spanish language and literature, Knowledge of the surrounding area.
Description of the work to be undertaken:
How?: Noting down every concept that is new to the students and trying to understand the meaning. Dictionaries, reference books, conversations with other people, etc. can all be used. The concepts should be explained on the vocabulary page at the end of this chapter in the student's own words, including drawings if it helps the student to understand the meaning so that they can later put this into words. This is a continual process and the vocabulary file can be used from day one.
Where?: Anywhere (the classroom, the bay, the port, etc.).
When?: Before, during and after the visit; whilst each file is being done.
Using what?: The relevant file, a dictionary and reference books.
Assessment: For the teacher to decide.
To help the students to take in the most basic concepts that they come across.
To aim for every student to create their own list of unknown words and to research their meaning using dictionaries.
To spark the students' interest in discovering new things.