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In this strategy, students do what is called a Word Generation. Before teachers begin a vocabulary lesson, students are asked to generate as many words as possible in the Target Language that they know around this topic. This could be on sticky notes or on their own paper. Students come up to chart papers posted on the board or around the room and they post their notes. Students then do a gallery walk around the room looking at words, making connections with the words they wrote and writing down any words that appear to be cognates. After students are able to generate their own lists, students get to decide on the top 10 words that are most critical connected to theme. Students keep both their personal list as well as top 10. If teacher feels there are other words that students will need, he/she will provide a list. Keep in mind that many of the learners will still need a definition but this will still engage Heritage learners as feeling empowered and engaged in their contributions.
Other variations of this strategy are called List-Group-Label. This is where students first generate a list of the all the words they know around the topic, then group words together and then label the groups they created.
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13 word posters: I used picture cards with teachers for them to brainstorm what it made them think of then how it connected to heritage Spanish speaking students and learning. Participants loved these cards because it allows for heritage Spanish speakers to feel valued for their contributions and the many ways to express items. This really opened their minds to allowing for more than one option or correct use of language.