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A great resource, the vocab cut-outs are available in a range of topic based sets. They make an interesting alternative to flashcards and are excellent for younger students because they are tactile and will cater for those kinesthetic in the class. The cut-outs come with the choice of a magnet or velcro on the back. If you don't have a magnetic board or cloth board, blue-tak works too.

The cut-outs are bright and colourful and can be used on the board. Here Clinton Milroy is using the cut-outs to teach a unit on family and houses.

I have used the cut-outs in a number of ways when teaching Primary students. Some of these include:

  • Memory Game: If the students sit in a circle on the floor and the cut outs are laid face down, students can take it in turns to identify the vocabulary. A follow up can involve students using the word in a sentence or writing a sentence using the word. This involves both speaking and writing skills and caters for visual and kinesthetic learners.

  • Di mana...?: Draw a picture of a house on the board and then label the rooms, furniture etc. You can hold up a cut-out and ask, "Di mana nenek?" Choose a student to answer using one of the rooms and the family member. You can write the response on the board and then ask a different student to come out and place the cut out in the correct position. This develops speaking, listening and reading skills and makes an engaging whole-class activity. You could alternatively draw a street scene (transport), market (fruit, vegetables and food) or forest (animals) and use the other sets in a similar way. For older students you can use prepositions (di bawah, di samping), connectives (tetapi, dan) or adjectives and ask them to write longer sentences either individually or in small groups.

  • Visual Cloze: The cut-outs are also great for developing writing and speaking skills with grade 5 and 6 students, and they respond just as enthusiastically as the younger students. Use one of the family members and one of the transport cut-outs on the board and ask a student to come out and write a sentence using naik ie. Bapak naik becak. You can ask them to build on the sentence by asking them, "Bapak naik becak ke mana?" or "Bapak naik becak dengan siapa?" and use one of the other family members to complete the sentence. You can then continue the activity as a whole class or put the cut-outs on the board and ask students to match them up themselves and write sentences in their books. They can then choose their best sentence, take a piece of plain paper and trace around the family member and transport. They can then use this like a stencil and finish their poster by colouring it in and putting it on display.

Carol Clarence from Chalcot Lodge Primary School in Victoria recently reviewed a FAMILY set of cut-outs and came up with some more ideas.

This resource is a set of wooden cut-outs of an Indonesian family with magnetic strips on the back. There are six family members - grandparents, parents and a boy and a girl. The grandparents and the mother are wearing traditional Javanese clothes, the father is dressed in a shirt and trousers and the children are wearing a typical school uniform.

This resource has many uses in the classroom, particularly as an introduction to the topic of families. It can also be used to discuss clothing - traditional, modern and school uniforms. Students could trace around the cut-outs and clothe them in different regional dress. The relationships between family members can be discussed eg if I am the girl then the vocabulary of brother, father, mother, grandmother and grandfather can be introduced. If I am the grandmother, then husband, son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and grandson can be discussed.

The figures also lend themselves to further vocabulary development. If the family names are written on the board and the figures placed at random, students can match the figures to the correct names. Sentences can be written on the board with a space left to place a family member. Students then read the sentence eg Ibu naik becak ke pasar. Flashcards of places could also be used to make these sentences. Conversations using speech bubbles next to the different family members can be written and performed as a role-play. Students can work in teams, with one team asking each family member questions, and the other team working out answers. “Celebrity Heads” can be played with students asking questions to discover which family member they are.

There are numerous possibilities for using these vocab cut-outs, both in primary and secondary schools, and they would be another useful tool for the teaching of Indonesian.

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