The following blog post was written by Val Baggaley, a faculty member at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
For the past week and a half my Foundation Phase learners have been working on learning orally the English words for colours. We have been practicing with coloured flashcards, playing bingo and talking about what we see in the classroom.
After much trial and error on my part, I have found that those 8 packs of wax crayons works best. I used to have a big mixed up box of pencil crayons but because of the assortment, it caused confusion. Some of the pencil crayons weren't true colours (orangy red for example or a light blue when another learner had a navy blue also led to confusion). So I bought several 8 packs of crayons and put them into little baggies so we didn't have to deal with the tiny box breaking. In addition the clear baggie allowed everyone to see all the colours at a glance.
So we have a class set of baggies with 8 identical crayons in each. (This term, because one of my learners loves pink, I have also included pink in the pack so we have 9 crayons.). When I can hand out the baggies I ask them to find certain colours and then they can colour worksheets, using a printed colour reference guide that they each have as a guide. This way they are learning to refer to a reference and they are learnin the colours. For some using a reference guide is too hard so they can copy their neighbour's worksheet or I can help them find the colour each time.
Another activity we do is matching colour flashcrards on the board. They enjoy this too.
Then I let everyone choose a flashcard and we stand in a circle with our flashcard. We clap three times and then go around the circle with each learner saying the flashcard colour they've chosen. Clap clap clap red clap clap clap blue etc.
And this is how we practice colours orally.