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Ask students to look at slide 1 and identify which language it is. These are words that are very easy to understand as they are similar across languages. The ability to be able to understand words in other languages that you have not formally studied is called intercomprehension. This is useful for students who are learning a new language (e.g., English) or if they need to read texts in other languages (e.g., for academic purposes). Go over the topics in  slide 2 with students and highlight similarities across languages. You might want to ask them for a few examples in other languages.

Suggested time: 3 minutes







This question is a lead in to the next activity.

Suggested time: 20 seconds







Show the words in each point and ask students if they know the origin of these words used in English. You can show the answer key later and have students confirm their answers.

Suggested time: 2 minutes





First, allow them some time to reflect on the the first two points in the slide. Second, have them write the words in their diary. Third, have students work in groups of 3 or 4 and share their words. Finally, ask them to write the words they learned from their colleagues.

Suggested time: 10 minutes





This question is a lead in to the next activity. You may want to draw students’ attention to the fact that because they speak English (and other languages) they are probably able to understand a few French words even if they have never learned French before.

Suggested time: 20 seconds



Have students work either individually or in pairs. Allow them time to identify some words. As a class, ask them which words they could identify and why. Some might say the words are similar to English while others may be able to identify French words because of other languages (e.g., Spanish).

Suggested time: 5 minutes





Have students read the English version and compare their answers.

Suggested time: 2 minutes









Ask the two questions to the whole class and have them share a few thoughts.

Suggested time: 5 minutes








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