- Take a known story which you have been reviewing in class. If it is a story which students have already heard narrated in the target language (as a Movie Talk or Story Listening), the better, because students are already familiar with having to comprehend it aurally.
- Pick 10 sentences from the story.
- Randomize the sentences, and number them 1-10 on a document.
- Create a 3x4 grid on a document, and letter each square in order A-L.
- Illustrate the 10 sentences plus two more for a total of 12 sentence illustrations. Two pictures will not be chosen and will serve as distractors. Illustrate the sentences randomly. You can use screenshots if you wish.
- Make copies of the picture grid for every student.
- Hand out copies of picture grid to every student.
- Explain that you are going to read sentences from the story and that students are to pick which picture they think fits the description which they hear read aloud.
- Students are to put the sentence number in the box of the picture which matches the sentence.
- Read aloud each sentence to the class, and have students match the sentence number to the picture. Example: "Sentence #2 - the bear is eating hot wings." Repeat the sentence multiple times before moving onto the next one.
- When done, re-read each sentence aloud with the correct picture letter. Example: "Sentence #1 - the old woman is chased out of the train station - is picture D."
- Parvus vir consilium capit! (The small man has an idea)
- Parvus vir ad fontem ascendit ut vota expleat. (The small man climbs up to the fountain in order to grant the wishes)
- Parvus vir conatur vota explere, sed non potest. (The small man tries to grant the wishes but is not able)
- Vir in arcam nummum iacit. (The man throws a coin into the box)
- Eheu - nummi adhaesiti sunt! (Oh no - the coins have become stuck!)
- Parvus vir votum explet, et subito, vir pecuniam habet. (The small man grants the wish, and suddenly the man has money).
- Vir in fontem nummum iacit, quod votum est pecunia. The man throws a coin into the fountain, because his wish is money)
- Parvus vir in fontem nummum iacit. (The small man throws a coin into the fountain).
- Iuvenis in fontem nummum iacit, quod votum est amor. (The young man throws a coin into the fountain, because his wish is love)
- Parvus vir votum explet, et subito, iuvenis et femina amorem accipiunt. (The small man grants the wish, and suddenly, the young man and woman receive love).
- Wow, what a great listening activity! So easy to facilitate after the prepwork!
- This is a great way to deliver Comprehensible Input, because students are receiving repetitions of understandable messages in the target language.
- This involves higher-order thinking in students, because it requires them to understand what they are hearing and to match it with a visual picture.
- Even though students may only need to hear the sentence stated 1-2 times to complete the activity, they are receiving subconscious repetitions of the sentences when you say them 4-5 times.
- Because the brain craves novelty (thanks for that phrase, Carol Gaab!), this is another way to review a story in a different way without being repetitive.
- I have a love/hate relationship with using screenshots. On the one hand, I love that they are available just a cut/paste away, but at the same time, there are issues, such as ambiguity sometimes in what the screenshot is communicating, difficulty in seeing the picture when printing them for black/white copies due to contrast issues, etc.
- Because I myself learned Latin without any type of oral/aural components, I am always amazed that students are able to do this. Whenever I comment on this to students, they always reply, "It really is not that hard." To which I reply, "But that is because you are so accustomed to hearing Latin spoken to you."