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Language through content: Geography

This is a trend we must consider when teaching/learning languages. Go a little bit further and offer something else than just the language. You'll get impress by your students response(if they like the topic chosen).
This is one of the sequences we do in class:
  1. Try a website focused in a particular area of knowledge (in my case Geography)
  2. Related vocabulary (Geography) + Locations (Ser/Estar) 
  3. Useful patterns: questions 
    • ¿Dónde está____?
    • ¿En qué continente está _____(país o capital/ciudad)____?
    • ¿Cuál es la capital de ____(país)____?
  4. Help them understand how do you use a question to build up your answer:
    • ¿Cuál es la capital de Chile?
    • La capital de Chile es Santiago de Chile.
  5. Work with them the cardinal points:
    • Sur
    • Norte
    • Este
    • Oeste
  6. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and practice the seasons:
    • Invierno
    • Verano
    • Primavera
    • Otoño
  7.  Help them understand we have different ways of naming geographical positions and explore with them the origin of these words helping them understand the roots of the language and some reasons/logic of the Spanish language:
  8. On a cultural note, I bring up some shocking topics:
    •  How many continents are out there? Explore with them this concept in English and Spanish and the origin and the consequences of it. Talk about the different approaches: geographical or cultural. I also make a connection with the notion of being open minded.
    • Help them understand the logo of ANOC and reason the causes.
    • Names of capitals: do we translate them or not? all? why?
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