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Easy Spanish Vocabulary Words to Teach Kids

Easy Spanish Vocabulary Words to Teach Kids

Holly Morse

Holly Morse

June 14, 2022

<p>Looking for Easy Spanish Vocabulary Words to Teach Kids? See our favorite tool for teaching kids Spanish in today&#8217;s post!</p>
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Tooltip: Looking for Easy Spanish Vocabulary Words to Teach Kids?

Whether teaching children or adults, vocabulary needs to be taught according to a communicative hierarchy and in a context. In other words, you need to teach chunks of language that lend themselves to helping students be successful at speaking Spanish in the real world.

Outdated textbooks provide long lists of isolated vocabulary and grammatical structures, NOT functional language. In addition, teachers (sadly) aren’t trained in building proficiency skills that will serve their students in actually using the target language to communicate.

Haven’t you heard many language students complain about how they studied a language for years and can’t say a word? We want to avoid this result in teaching a world language! 

Identify the criteria for your students’ level.

So, how do you determine what structures and easy Spanish vocabulary words to teach kids for practical use? Think about chunks of language that students need to function like: 

  • Where is it? (¿Dónde está?)
  • I like that (Me gusta)
  • I am thirsty/hungry/tired/hot/cold (Tengo sed/hambre/sueño/calor/frío)
  • I want… (Quiero)
  • I have..(Tengo)

The truth is that teachers need to be trained in the basics of assessing language proficiency according to ACTFL oral proficiency standards. Once a teacher understands the criteria for the levels of development from Novice to Advanced, the teaching process becomes much more effective.

If a teacher has a group of beginner Spanish students (Novice Low), they need to be able to assess what students CAN DO at this level and know what they should be able to do in order to move to the next level of proficiency (Novice Mid).

Once the teacher is adept at identifying the skills required for each level (can do’s), the teacher can begin to teach more intentionally with concrete goals for the students to move them forward on the proficiency continuum.

Training is the key!

Easy Spanish vocabulary words to teach kids include putting the easy Spanish words in meaningful contexts that help students become more communicative. 

It is a bit of an art to teach this way and totally wreaks havoc with traditional methods.

However, the strength of this kind of teaching is that students start developing confidence and skills immediately. They no longer memorize long lists of vocabulary, prove their skills with grammar quizzes, and promptly forget everything. No! They practice speaking every day using functional chunks of language.

Finally, proficiency is not based on talent but on practice and hard work that results in practical skills. Language learning is for everyone, not just the gifted and talented. 

FL4K’s Spanish for Kids Program

As a retired Spanish teacher trained in ACTFL oral proficiency standards, I began working for a company (fl4k.com) that was already doing a great job of teaching easy Spanish vocabulary words to kids within a context through videos, games, practice questions, and hands-on activities.

The only missing piece was interculturality. So a team of teachers trained in teaching language according to proficiency standards gathered to inform the company about how to do this best.

We have created a culture program that provides fascinating content about nine different Spanish-speaking cultures, all presented to kids in a single interactive digital platform that includes dialogues with recording features, practice questions, real-time polling, and features carefully scaffolded language structures and vocabulary in a context.

Teaching what matters

Even though the program includes a lot of bells and whistles that appeal to kids of all ages, the program’s best feature is the emphasis on helping students build language proficiency that lasts and actually functions.

The easy Spanish vocabulary words to teach kids are all embedded in cultural posts in a social media-like format that is very appealing to the Gen Z student!

The easy Spanish vocabulary is given context and therefore becomes memorable. Students need to learn to ask questions:

  • Who? (¿Quién?)
  • What? (¿Qué?)
  • Where? (¿Dónde?)
  • When? (¿Cuándo?)
  • Why? (¿Por qué?)
  • How? (¿Cómo?)
  • How much? (¿Cuánto?)

and connect sentences:

  • and (y)
  • also (también)
  • however (sin embargo)
  • therefore (por lo tanto)
  • because (porque), etc.

Sailing through textbooks with complicated grammar formulas and having students memorize long lists of words are just not effective ways to TEACH students to actually speak another language with lasting results.

Check out what we are doing at FL4K to help you help your students truly learn to speak another language. We offer a free summer trial period for a limited time, so you can see everything our program has to offer. Watch our demo video, and then sign up for your trial here.

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