Algunas fechas importantes en la historia del mundo hispano Una actividad para practicar los años y el pretérito (video & PDF activity)

Algunas fechas importantes en la historia del mundo hispano: Una actividad para practicar los años y el pretérito

In this video lesson, we begin with how to say years in Spanish. Next, we practice while learning about some of the many important dates in the history of the Spanish speaking world. We´ll also practice preterit verb forms while we talk about these historical feats.

Here is a printable PDF worksheet to accompany the practice section: https://estudiafeliz.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/practice-with-years-and-preterite-handout.pdf

Enjoy the video!

Any feedback is always welcome and appreciated 🙂

Note: This video lesson & activity is adapted from my Intermediate Spanish II class for students in their fourth semester of Spanish classes.

Modales en la mesa a nivel internacional: Actividad cultural para practicar los mandatos informales (video, PDF & Powerpoint)

Modales EspañaLos mandatos informales, informal “tú” commands, can be a bit challenging at first because you must remember to conjugate the verb differently depending on whether the command is affirmative (Yes! Do it! ¡Sí! ¡Hazlo!) or negative (No! Don´t do it! ¡No! ¡No lo hagas!) This cultural presentation will take you on a journey of table manners around the world while practicing affirmative versus negative tú commands.

Objectives: 

  • Practice conjugating affirmative and negative tú commands
  • Practice vocabulary about food & the table
  • Make cultural connections about table manners

First, conjugate the verbs in this handout: Modales curiosos: Mandatos Informales Handout

Now, see how you did with this video lesson!

Also, here’s a Powerpoint presentation based on this lesson (especially for teachers!): Modales Internacionales Powerpoint

Share your reflections and what you´ve learned in the questions at the bottom of the handout. Do you think any of these tips for international table manners will come in handy someday?

Modales México

The images in the presentation were adapted for educational purposes from an infographic & article by Huffingtion Post España.

Also, thank you to the Teaching & Learning Spanish Blog Facebook Page for sharing the Huffington Post article.

If you would like to share these materials, please do so by providing a link to this blog post. Thank you!

Update: A typo in the handout has been corrected (10-8-2018)!

Update: This post has been changed & updated to include the video lesson (5-21-2020)! We re-posted to the front page of the blog for visibility without deleting the previous link for those who may have saved it.

No podemos descartar la posibilidad de que los dinosaurios se vieran algo así… (imperfecto del subjuntivo)

imperfecto del subjunctivo. los dinosaurios se vieran algo así

“Ya que el cabello no se conserva durante la fosilización, no podemos descartar la posibilidad de que los dinosaurios se vieran algo así”

¿Qué opinas?

¿Es posible que los dinosaurios fueran diferentes a los que vemos en los museos?

¿Es posible que ellos tuvieran el cabello largo y bonito?

¿Dónde está la llave para la libertad? (Quick conversation/writing prompt)

Según tu opinión, ¿dónde está la llave para la libertad?

ESTAR. la llave para la libertad

La llave para la libertad no está en las armas. Está en la educación, la cultura, la investigación….

¡Completa la frase con tus ideas!

El desfile de los alebrijes: A Story in Spanish for Beginners (Video & Text)

3 alebrijes

     Many of our students have gotten to know the fantastically colorful and imaginative alebrijes of Mexican folk art through the film Coco. This video-story allows students to build upon that background knowledge and acquire new language while watching compelling film coverage from the Desfile de los alebrijes, an annual parade sponsored by the Museo de Arte Popular in which hundreds of alebrijes come to life throughout the streets of Mexico City.

     I play this video first with no volume and lead students in identifying what they see. After watching and discusisng the video, students design their own alebrijes by drawing and writing a detailed description. Finally, students share their unique alebrijes with their classmates in lively, small group discussions.

     You can click “CC” in the lower right corner of the video to turn on accurate Spanish subtitles. Also, here is a full transcript of the story if you would like to use it for reading activities: El desfile de los alebrijes Full Text Transcript (PDF)

     Enjoy the video! Any comments are welcome and appreciated. I’d love to know if you share this video with your students!

“Un día típico de un estudiante” Read-along story (video & free activity sheet)

un día t“Un día típico de un estudiante universitario” is a read-along story for beginner-level students. There’s a special focus on “yo-go” verbs, por versus para, and food vocabulary, my class’ learning objectives for this unit.

There’s one notable absence: reflexive verbs! Usually ubiquitous in any daily routine story, I have left them out of this sequence because my total-beginner students haven’t learned about them yet. My goal is for students to become comfortable with writing and talking about daily routines and sequences of events in a contextual narrative before we reach the next unit in which the main focus is daily routines with reflexive verbs!

Download the free PDF activity sheet here:  Un día típico PDF HANDOUT

And here is the video narration of the story!

Any comments or suggestions are welcome. If you use this activity with your students, I’d love to hear about it!