Modales en la mesa a nivel internacional: Actividad cultural para practicar los mandatos informales

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 Internacionales Handout

Next, check your answers and discuss the cultural customs in more detail in this Powerpoint presentation: 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?

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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.

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Flujogramas chistosos: Una actividad divertida para practicar el tiempo presente y los mandatos

Diagrama de flujo No te preocupes

Funny flowcharts (flujogramas o diagramas de flujo) have been a huge hit on the internet lately, so my students have really liked to see them in Spanish. Making flowcharts is a fun way for students to use their wit and creativity while practicing the present tense and commands. I made the flowchart pictured above using Powerpoint, but of course your students could also draw them and hang them about the classroom. If any of you use this activity in class, I’d love to hear about what your students come up with in a comment, or if you´re willing I would love to see the image! You could post it on our Facebook page: EstudiaFeliz en Facebook.