15 minutes — if it works well with your child, take as long as you want and repeat as often as you wish
flashcard, expressions, vocabulary, matching
Languages of the original source
English. This activity can be used in any language.
flashcards with 15 expressions in the family languages
Aim of the activity
The objectives are to extend the child´s vocabulary in the relevant languages
and to strengthen the acquisition of another language.
Preparation for the activity
Create cards consisting of 15 words or expressions in two languages which
are family languages (or the dominant language of the country). A total of 30
cards. It is necessary to select expressions carefully in order to engage the
child and make sure that they are convenient and useful at the same time.
The age and interests of the child should be taken in to account.
Shuffle all the separate cards regardless of the language. The first task for
the children is to sort all 30 cards into two groups, one of each language.
When the cards are correctly divided, ask the children to match the same
expression in the two languages, leading to 15 pairs of cards. After the activity
make time for a discussion and explain any problems.
Significant benefit of the activity
The activity brings active and dynamic widening of child´s vocabulary and
awareness of the relation between words in different languages.
Source of the activity
This activity was inspired by: Shin S.J., 2008, Bilingualism in Schools and Society:
Language, Identity, Policy, New York: Routledge