Have you ever been in a situation where you just couldn't think of the word? Maybe you needed an ingredient for a dish or an item from a hardware store. How did you get it? Did you ask for help? Did you gesture with your hands to describe the size and shape, describe the texture or color, explain what it would be used for?
If you did any of those things, than you were engaging in circumlocution - talking in circles. We use it all the time to make ourselves understood, which is why I have an entire bulletin board dedicated to this idea in my classroom. (Available in Spanish, French, and English!)
This is a great game for any class, but it's especially wonderful for language classes working on pronunciation!
During my student teaching, I remember observing veteran teachers and thinking "Wow, they speak so much English! I'll never do that!" Fast forward 10 years and....We're all guilty of it. Sometimes it's just faster and easier to give the directions in English, even if we know we shouldn't. Here are three tools I use in the classroom that have really helped both the kids and I to speak more Spanish.