Latin America Solidarity Centre

Speed Word Dating

AIM

For students to talk about vocabulary identified with Latin America.

 

LINKS TO THE CURRICULUM

Junior Cycle: Strand 1: Communicative Competence, linked to LO 1.2, 1.15

 

Senior Cycle: I. Basic Communicative Proficiency, 10, and II. Language awareness, 2

 

METHODOLOGY

Students are asked to talk about a word with their partner for one minute and to make a sentence in Spanish with that word. When the time is over, they move to another person and do the same with another word. When all the words have been covered, we share them and discuss what they have to do with Latin America.

CARNAVAL  • SAMBA • CHOCOLATE  • AZTECAS

MACHU PICHU  • CHE GUEVARA • ATATAS  • MAIZ • TANGO

PUEBLOS INDIGENAS  • CONQUISTA • DERECHOS HUMANOS

BURRITO • MESSI •  PATATA • REGUETÓN

CRISTOBAL COLÓN • DESPACITO • FUTBOL •SALSA 

PRACTISE YOUR SPANISH

  • You could do this activity all in Spanish. Students should use only Spanish to define the words. Another option is to say the words in Spanish and they define them in English. If they can’t use a full definition, they could say just a word about them.

 For example: Samba – baile.

  • A different version of this activity includes asking the students in advance to find a word related to Latin America and use those words instead of the ones given. They will have to provide a definition in advance, if possible in Spanish (this is a project to be done in a previous class or as homework).

 

CONNECTIONS WITH IRELAND AND TAKING ACTION

Students can link those words to Ireland, as many are known to them. How did these words come to Ireland? Ask them to go around their city and identify words, food, objects that come from Latin America. Invite them to talk to migrant communities to learn about what they bring to Ireland.