Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Circumlocution / The World Cup
Language Links 2006. The site includes a ton of ideas for cultural lessons, staying in the target language, and, you guessed it, circumlocution! It's a great resource and really worth taking the time to explore. The lesson I'm sharing here has to do with The World Cup in Brazil and whether or not developing countries should host international sporting events because of the cost. I'm sure that my students are going to want to weigh in on this one but I'll need to get them there by giving them the skills they need to be able to approach this topic in the target language. After introducing the topic to the students, I'll start the lesson by explaining some guidelines for getting around those words that you need but don't have. Suggestions include classifying the word as either a person, place, thing, or idea, stating what the object is not, and explaining who would be using it and to what end. I then put together some pictures for students to practice describing in pairs. The idea (which came to me by way of our local high school department chair and is brilliant) is that one student sits with their back to the PPT slide and the other has student describes what they see. (Because the topic of this particular lesson is fairly sophisticated, I chose to include the English word along with the visual because I didn't want there to be any confusion as to what concept the students should be describing to their partners.) When the student with their back to the slide guesses the word correctly, both students stand up. I usually ask the students to share their descriptions in order to point out the ways in which students used their circumlocution skills to "get around" a word.