“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
- Albert Einstein
Encourage imagination and invention by asking learners to create their own specialist colour charts in the target language!
- Provide examples of colour charts from specialist paint companies in the target language
- Allow learners to read, understand and discuss each colour. Do they relate to particular environments, objects, tones or shades? Which is their favourite and why?
- Encourage learners to take note of any new vocabulary
When creating colour charts in the target language:
- Ask learners to consider shades, tones, subtle differences or associated objects, environments and places - e.g. "Cherry blossom pink", "brightest green"
- Ask learners to consider any memories or feelings evoked by the colours - e.g. "Day at the beach", "calmness"
- Encourage learners to seek inspiration in the ordinary – e.g. "burnt toast", "new page white"
- Encourage learners to use language they know and to manipulate language from the original colour charts
- Support learners with word-banks, glossaries and dictionaries as appropriate
- Imagination and invention is key - learners need not mention specific colours
- Support could be given in the form of laminated building blocks that learners put together to create interesting combinations
- Search Google images, other search engines or ask companies directly for colour charts
- See how this activity features in a lesson using a bi-lingual poem about colours (under primary Spanish tab).
- Let us know how you got on making colour charts with your learners. Leave your comment below.