Wednesday, July 24, 2013


*** DIY Learning Materials for Polish Language Students ***

Here's an example of a do-it-yourself set of colors that you can make with your students to use for teaching Polish as a second language. Note: I included the names of the colors on the back of laminated pieces and made a little box to store everything in. Whenever my daughter sees this box or reaches for it herself, she switches to Polish. 

A few ideas on how to use the "Kolory" set in practice:
(use as much Polish as possible)
  • ask a student to search in a box to find  kolor zielony, for example
  • ask to look around and touch something green
  • ask a student to turn kolor zielony over to discuss the way  it's written and read (depends on age)
  • show students kolor zielony but only for 1 second and let them guess what color they've just seen
  • present a small piece of the green card, hiding it behind the box and let students notice which color it is
  • invite students to memorize colors that are on the table (choose an appropriete number) and when they close their eyes you take away 1 or more colors so they can guess which one(s) are missing
  • discuss favorite colors
  • encourage students to use their sets of colors to build interesting shapes and let them discuss their designs among themselves
  • make up a guessing game students can play in pairs 
  • make 1 pile of colors and ask students to predict which color is under the one we can see.
  • let students use their sets of colors for self practice by making them available for self selection time.
  • when putting the cards back to the box, count them in Polish
These are general ideas that I'd like to invite you to adjust to the level and needs of your individual student(s).
Please come back to share your experience and ideas!

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