Meaningful Activities. By Teresa Naves Nogués email@example.com http://www.ub.es/filoan/naves.html Universitat de Barcelona Oct 2000. Meaningful Activities: Characteristics.
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By Teresa Naves Nogués
Universitat de Barcelona
1. Will students be learning something else besides the language forms (vocabulary, grammar structures, functions, etc.)? Will they be learning something else about the world e.g. which is the largest planet, the closer to the Sun?
2. Will students be doing something else besides practising the language forms, e.g. drawing, performing an act, playing a game, etc. ?
I have brought these three new balls. Look at them. Ball A is smaller than B. Ball B is smaller than C, isn’t it?. Ball C is the biggest. Ball A is the smallest. Now, Clara, Is Ball B smaller than C? Which is the biggest ball?
How much do you know about the planets in the solar system? Look at this picture / table. Is Mars larger or smaller than Earth? Which is the smallest planet in our solar system? Which is the largest planet?Example 1. To what extent are these activities meaningful?
Teacher shows students some objects and then she asks them what colour they are: What colour is this book? It’s red. This is a red book. And this, what colour is it? It’s blue. This is a blue purse.
Teacher shows a colourless picture of fruits and asks students to colour them. A banana what colour is it? Yellow, right What about apples, what colour are they? Red Ok let’s paint a red apple. Does anybody like green apples as well? Let’s paint a green apple this timeExample 2. To what extent are those activities meaningful?