ERIC Number: ED318219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
What's in the Bag (and Why?): Tangibilia for the Classroom.
Ogier, James M.
A classroom technique designed for developing German second language vocabulary is expanded on for additional classroom functions and activities. The method uses a bag containing a variety of objects. The objects are drawn out of the bag and discussed in class. The contents of the bag should be unpredictable and unusual, and they should be changed frequently as the students' vocabulary increases. In addition, the items in the bag should reflect as much morphological diversity as possible. A sample collection of toy animals is used to illustrate how the bag's contents can be instrumental in teaching a variety of grammatical points in German. For example, toy animals may be used to demonstrate gender, and clusters of similar-gender animals can illustrate different plural forms. Each student can be given an animal at the beginning of class for practice in expressing ownership and attributes. The objects can enliven grammar points by allowing students to focus on something concrete rather than the standard fictions and marginally credible characters of textbooks. Additional uses for the objects in more traditional drills and exercises are also noted. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: In: Perspectives in Foreign Language Teaching. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and Literatures (12th, Youngstown, OH, October 21-22, 1988); see FL 018 244.