SSV is basically creating learning experiences in which students to discover vocabulary through comprehensible input (reading or audio), make sense of it on their own and then allowing them to choose what is meaningful to them and record it themselves. It is important to say that there has to be some scaffolding or some strategies in place for guiding students to inquire about the right words and I will say more about this a little later in this post. For now, let's explore some characteristics of how vocabulary is generated in the world language classroom.
The Traditional Vocabulary List
What I do for SSV:
Some Examples I Use
There are so many more reasons why SSV is, in my opinion, the better, more authentic way to teach a second language, but I will leave some of them up to you to discover for yourselves. Remember when you are looking for new ways to do things in your instruction, don't toss everything and start over. Just take one idea and try it out to see how it goes. Test it out a couple more times to compare it to old practices, then evaluate which works better. Don't let the idea of SSV overwhelm you and talk you out of giving it a try.