“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!
Before making this activity a few years ago, I polled my beginner Spanish students about the most well-known families from a TV show or movie. The Kardashians won, but Family Guy consistently took second, ¡so I went with la familia Griffin!
First, we watch the video below together to provide comprehensible input for introducing family vocabulary. I pause frequently to ask “circling” style questions, all in the target language, Spanish. (Click here for a great video on circling by Kaizen Teaching).
Next, students work together to fill in the blanks with the target vocabulary. Click here for a free, printable PDF of the handout!
Finally, students put what they learned into production by writing a similar description of a family on the back of the handout. Here are the instructions I project on the board:
¡A escribir! Descripción de una familia
Use the Family Guy presentation as a model
Describe una familia famosa (de la televisión, el cine, un libro, la historia, etc.)
Usa el vocabulario para expresar las relaciones entre los miembros de la familia.
¿Qué hacen los miembros de la familia?
–Escribe 1-3 frases sobre cada persona.
Dibuja (draw) un árbol familiar.
I instruct the students who finish writing early swap papers to do peer editing.
Any feedback welcome in the comments! I´d love to know if you use this activity in your classroom or have any suggestions for expansion/improvement!
Here is the latest video in the “Practice Spanish with Memes” series! In this video we start with a quick review of how to conjugate formal (USTED y USTEDES) commands & where to place the pronouns. Then it’s on to the memes!
Here’s a link to all of the memes categorized to “formal commands” on this site if you’d like more practice! Which one is your favorite? https://estudiafeliz.com/tag/mandatos-formales/
Thanks so much for watching. Any feedback is welcome!
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I have observed that many students in my most advanced courses still struggle with numbers above one hundred. Here is a video I made to go over things step-by-step.
This first video covers 100s through 900s, and the next one will be practice (with memes!) with the thousands up to the millions!
Here´s a PDF activity sheet for a comprehension check after the video! Los números 100 – 999 PDF Activity Sheet
Here´s the answer key! Los números 100 – 999 Answer Key
Enjoy the video! Any feedback welcome in the comments!
Main Street is closed for the whole city to enjoy 2 kilometers of cakes! Yes, this really happened! I came upon this scene January 7th of last year in Zacatecas, Mexico, and have been wanting to share this fun celebration the day after Día de Reyes with my students ever since. The result: this read-along video story (narrated by a native speaker from Zacatecas) and accompanying handout for story-based activities. I hope you will find it useful to incorporate into a unit on holidays, for targeted practice for preterite versus imperfect, and/or as a reading comprehension activity.
The following activity sheet features 5 components:
Vocabulario – quick prep for understanding key words in the story
Comprehensión de lectura
Conversación y escritura– retelling the narration to solidify comprehension and practice narration in the past tense
Gramática – Preterite versus imperfect cloze activity
Conexiones y culturas – internet search for other celebrations and written description of other ways Día de Reyes is celebrated
Download the PDF here! Rosca story activity sheets (2 pages)
Here´s the video…
And here´s a PDF with just the text of the story: La Monumental Rosca de Reyes de Zacatecas Printable Story
Also, teachers, if you would like to download this story as a Powerpoint or a PDF for a printable book for your classroom, I have uploaded a bundle on Teachers Pay Teachers! Click here!
Any feedback is welcome in the comments!
In this activity, students practice using the imperfect subjunctive in indirect speech, including a writing prompt to add verses to the song.
Also, conversation prompts based on the video and music are a great jump start for cultural discussion of the son jarocho.
For more information about the son jarocho, NPR´s All Things Considered has a great 8 minute episode on the topic. Also, www.sonjarocho.com provides detailed readings in both English and Spanish about this musical genre from Veracruz, Mexico.
Access the PDF activity sheet and answer key with the links below:
¡Qué disfruten el video y el son!
This relaxing story is a great way to practice narration in the past (preterite and imperfect) and calm down a rowdy classroom!
You can download PDFs of the free activity sheet and answer key below. The writing prompt on the handout can also be modified as a conversation activity (or as both).
Thank you to Samuel García for writing and narrating the story. Samuel is an author and teacher from Zacatecas, Mexico.
¡Que disfruten el video!
Who’s that present for? Who did you go to the movies with? Sure, grammar rules tell us not to end sentences with prepositions in English, but we hear it all of the time!
Spanish, on the other hand, is a different story. This contrast leads us to such mistakes as “*Quién es este regalo para?”
In this video lesson, I explain how to understand and fix the common error of ending phrases with prepositions in Spanish.
Want to test your knowledge before you get started? Here is a free handout:
Try it before watching the video, try again after the lesson is finished, and then check the answer key!
Enjoy the video!
Also, here is the lyric video for the song I mention in the video, “¿Con quién se queda el perro?” by Jesse &Joy.