Thank you for this resource. I think it might be useful for levels without a coursebook. However, as most matching activities, its utility tends to end after all the matching has been done. We can obviously give it a longer life by asking Ss to cover the pictures and translate the words, do a miming activity... But if instead of the traditional isolated names we gave Ss the words in context (e.g. No me gusta nada la equitación, Normalmente juego a rugby en el colegio, ...), we would have the basis for a speaking activity that would help effectively use and remember the names of the sports.
A point on language use: I am aware of the use of the determinate article (el, la, los, las) to help Ss identify gender. The problem with this practice is that articles in Spanish, as they do in English, show, among others, whether we are talking about a determinate or indeterminate object/person... By exposing students to one particular article we are biasing their uncounscious learning. If they always see the determinate article before a noun, they might lean to asssociate that noun with that article and might be hard put to use the other article with the same word. It might have lesser consequences to put the article in brackets : '(el) fútbol'.
I hope this was useful.
Posted on 5th March 2020
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