Comprehensible Input

Teachers should make assignments clear by using vocabulary students can understand, providing clear instructions including displaying them, and by providing a variety of instructional experiences to help them understand the concept.

  • Activities

    • Confusing Words Bulletin Board – students add commonly used slang phrases and idioms to a chart for other students to interpret.
    • Multimedia Resources – Reinforce objectives using videos, songs, apps, and other resources found online that allow for student interaction
    • Similar Words and Opposite Words – create flashcards or activities that allow students to learn antonyms, homonyms, and synonyms
    • Total Physical Response – teachers use hand gestures, facial expressions, and whole body movement to illustrate concepts or vocabulary words. Students emulate the movements.
    • Vocabulary Cards –  Students can create vocabulary flashcards to help them practice – they can include a translation into the student’s first language to ensure understanding
    • Vocabulary Picture Puzzles – Picture Puzzles – when printed from to back, these vocabulary games allow students to work alone or in pairs or small groups to discuss targeted vocabulary words in a social setting while playing a game.
  • Online Readers

    The following are online stories that students can read to help support their reading level.

    • Dual Language Project shares already created books that can be used as exemplars for valuing students’ first language.
    • Scribjab allows students to read or create dual language books. A great idea for a class project. SFU created!
    • Storybooks Canada provides African stories that have been translated into 40 of Canada’s top Immigrant Languages. UBC created!

    Some print options are

  • Online Resources

    Build student’s vocabulary with these helpful websites.

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