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Spanish- English dictonary. Choose the right word. Intermediate to advanced.

This task has been designed to suit the needs of Spanish speakers. 
Due to the complexity of the examples  that I provide this task caters for intermediate or advanced students.
For easier examples, check the label BILINGUAL DICTIONARY in this blog.  

Aim: by carrying out this task students should understand that grammar class and general meaning of a sentence are crucial before looking for a word up.
Sample task. From English to Spanish

  • English/Spanish dictionary. Ideally students  should do the following exercise in the computer room using the dictionary in www.wordreference.com Students may also use a traditional paper bilingual dictionary.   
  • Power point with examples of sentences to translate 
You can download the related Power Point by clicking HERE
    The teacher gives the students three types of exercises. Examples and solutions  are provided in the Power point.
    These are the 3 types of tasks the Power Point includes:
    •  Translate from Spanish to English. Students become aware of the many different meanings of Spanish words before translating into English.
    • Translate from English to Spanish. Students become aware of the many different meanings of English words.
    • The third ones are challenging and the worst part is that they are real! Students try to figure out what bad users of dictionaries really meant!!


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