Showing posts from May, 2017

El Cine Colombiano: 11 Activities for Teaching Film

Cine Colombiano- ¡Qué chévere! 

This year's film unit is taking even a steeper climb through the South American Continent.( Click here to see the post about 5 film activities for your class. Most activities are free! ) I've added two films to explore cultural themes and social issues while conversing in the target language.  

On a personal/pedagogical note, this year I have been learning about MovieTalk, a TPRS strategy for enhancing listening comprehension and focusing on structures. I am still learning about this key strategy in facilitating conversation using film, I am no way an expert, but I have incorporated some of those practices in my class (Check out my Wanna-be-Movietalk activity: Eight free engaging activities for teaching the preterit and imperfect tenses). I am slowing incorporating these strategies as I go. 
Shall we take a peek? ¡Dale!
Film unit vocabulary and activities- absolutely free. Engage your students in the following activities: 

1. Vocabulary matching- in …

Incorporate classroom stories, without breaking the bank! Spanish series...tantalizing!

Incorporating reading into the World Language Curriculum has a plethora of benefits. Students increase their exposure to words and structures over time, which can really drive home a "grammar points" better than using worksheets, and countless hours of conjugation drills. However, having a novel-based curriculum can be very pricey, especially when you work in a cash-strapped district like mine. If you want to incorporate reading, but don't have the budget, check out some of the resources below. There are a host of short stories that can be printed out and distributed to students. All stories below have accompanying activities. 

Novel Series for Spanish 3+ (appropriate for level 2) 
If your students love drama (like mine), which most high schoolers do, "El secreto" and "La revelación" will be perfect for them. The novel has about 400 unique words, meaning that most other words are cognates, easily recognizable for students. It also comes with a glossary.…

Boost your students' fluency with These TPRS Friendly Novels and Short Stories for Spanish Class!

La Clase de Confesiones (Spanish 1) La clase de confesiones: new look, same great story!

La clase de confesiones is the perfect novel for your Spanish level 1 students or review for Spanish 2. With several illustrations, this story is told mostly in the present tense, this novel features essential vocabulary for discussing, school, class, teachers, and of course, el amor! Your students will see themselves reflected immediately in this classroom drama. They will empathize with Carlos as they come along this adventure! Best of all, the story has only130 new words! Most of the vocabulary words are cognates so that students don't miss a beat! 

High-frequency vocabularyPresent tense verbs Telling time Classroom vocabulary Teacher/student dynamic (and banter)The timeless story of a classroom crush... gone awryGood old fashion lines... some from your favorite teachers!Glossary included...and a two-chapter preview of part 2! Carlos mete la pata otra vez!
Carlos hates Spanish class with a pass…

20+ Resources 4 Making the Most of Your Spanish Class

Reading materials and mini-units for exploring a wide range of themes for Spanish class: comprehensible, compelling, and creative. 

"Novels aren't the only way to deliver "comprehensible input" in a compelling way."  I am a big fan of reading in class. This has been my practice for the last 14 years as a teacher, even before I knew it was big a thing. Working as an International Baccalaureate teacher, I had to be creative and resourceful in piecing together comprehensible yet intellectually provocative materials. The collection of activities below presents a wide range of resources that I have garnered from TPT or have created myself in order to make the curriculum more robust, language and thinking skills-centered. Take a peak, as they say in Latin America: Mire sin compromiso!
The first section features non-fiction informational texts that have deepened my students' understanding of several cultural phenomena. My mantra is "why wait for students to get …