Portraying Proverbs

A fun translanguaging activity with the more advanced language learners is to explore different proverbs in different languages. A great introduction to this is the painting of Pieter Bruegel the Elder called “Netherlandish Proverbs” in which approximately 112 identifiable proverbs and idioms are hidden in the scene.

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This easily generates discussion and proverb exchanges for a whole lesson and more. For a subsequent lesson I usually ask them to draw a proverb from their home language adding a literal translation, explanation and if possible the English equivalent. These make up a beautiful and interesting display for your classroom or school.

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