Part 2: Four Tips For Teaching Languages Through AniBooks

Last week we discussed two major ways to use BookBox at home through Part 1: Tips For Teaching Languages Through AniBooks. As promised, here are the next two tips from Sara T!

Tip 3: Reading Activities

  • Reader’s Theatre – Reader’s Theatre is an activity where each person is assigned a role in the story. They are then responsible for “acting out” the role.

This can be done in conjugation with the animated book on the BookBox website at first. Eventually, as the children memorize the words, they can turn it into a skit. If you have more than one child, make sure to change roles with them so they can experience all of the characters. If you have only one child, you may have to assign more than one role to yourself or him/her.

Reader’s Theatre is meant to be done many times (repetition!) and emphasizes body movements, which aid in comprehension. You can even videotape the skit with your cell phone or tablet and watch it as a family later on. Kids love to see themselves on video, and they will be so proud of their second language skills.

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Tip 4: Post-Reading Activities

  • Vocabulary – Go over the vocabulary from your original list. Pick a word and have your child find the word in the story, either by turning the page (PDF) or scrolling through the video.
  • Summarize – Depends on the age of your child, have them write a short summary of what happened in the story. Note: this should be in your child’s native language as the purpose is to make sure he/she understood what happened in the book.
  • Book Review – Let your child share his/her opinion by reviewing the AniBook. Make a chart of all the books you plan to read and use adjectives to describe them. Your child can circle the words and phrases that describe the story. This is a great time to reinforce adjectives in the target language.

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Remember, repetition and natural use is what makes children remember vocabulary and phrases. So, make sure to use the target language periodically throughout the day. You may point out when you see vocabulary words (such as animals) in other books, movies, or at the mall, park, etc. (“Look! There’s a bear! How do you say bear in Spanish? Oso? That’s right!”).

Children don’t have internal motivation for learning a second language, so parents need to provide the support and encouragement. Using BookBox and the techniques I have listed, your child will love learning a new language!

 

Did you use any of these tips in your classroom or living room? Tell us! We’d love to hear your experience!


character 4Sara T. is a Spanish tutor with TakeLessons.com, and has been teaching online for more than two years and in-person for more than five years. She has a MA degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology. In her classes, Sara takes full advantage of websites like BookBox, which offer fun, interactive ways for kids to learn a second language.

If you are interested in private Spanish lessons for yourself or your child, please visit Sara’s profile page for TakeLessons.

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