I’m not normally one for promoting companies via my blog, but ….. A few months ago we had a theatre group come in to perform to our Year 10. It was great! We will have them in again. However, what is even greater (!) is their venture into making films for language learning. Years ago we used to have some great things produced by the BBC and Channel 4 for leaning Spanish (Aventura vascas, etc.), but they have all disappeared. Now the same company that does the theatre productions is making films which I think are great. Their website is www.onattifilms.com. We are about to take out a subscription + plan to embed some of the resources into our schemes of learning.
When working on literary texts I have also been using song lyrics as well as poetry. The benefit of song lyrics is that you will often get an accompanying video which provides a wealth of cultural references. Attached is a worksheet relating to part of the lyrics to Rosalia’s Malamente.
PS. Undivé = Dios / divino
WORKSHEET: Malamente READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation SONG BY ROSALIA
Attached are resources I am soon to use to teach the topic of daily routine to my Year 9 group. I am trying to build the language up gradually to a more complex level where they can use context, gist, the dictionary, etc. to develop a higher level of comprehension. This is all tested through a video comprehension. I have talked about the Sharnbrook school Spanish videos before although I am now having trouble locating them on YouTube. Until I find them I have uploaded the one I have used in these resources. The video comprehension is followed by a reading exercise based on the daily routine of the Mexican child bullfighter Michelito. I have made this up myself making certain assumptions.
POWERPOINT: Rutina diaria WORKSHEETS: LA RUTINA DIARIA wordgames sheet Michelito READING Mr Bean ordering cards Reading ENTREVISTAS rutinas diferentes Rutina diaria graded ws (thanks to Steve Ward) Rutina diaria QUESTIONS Sharnbrook video
I have a lower ability Year 9 Spanish set and we are on the topic of freetime. The attached resources are for the introduction and practice of the main verbs needed to talk about what you like to do. The aim is to try and build up towards a level 5 (albeit a low level 5!) where the students make reference to what they would like to do next weekend. There is also some time spent on possessive adjectives.
Hopefully people are familiar with the “Contra el ratón” slides I made a while ago (from slide 46) . The students have mini whiteboards + have to write down the Spanish + show this to me before the mouse gets into the hole.
I have used a video from the BBC Learning Zone. However, as the level is a bit difficult in parts for my group, I have only used sections, as will be apparent from the worksheets. On slides 77 + 80 you just click on the pictures and a hyperlink takes you to the BBC Learning Zone website.
The sheet titled “Reading BRAVO” is not mine. Thanks to whoever originally made this. I have adapted it a bit for my group.
POWERPOINT: En mi tiempo libre FOUNDATION new WORKSHEETS: Reading ENTREVISTAS freetime INFINITIVES + FUTURE REFERENCE READING ocio y las nuevas tecnologías STARTER statistics Vídeo SPANISH SHORTS ENTREVISTAS worksheet SPANISH VERSION Vídeo SPANISH SHORTS JESUS LARA Y JASON worksheet Possessive adjectives Reading BRAVO
This post is an update to a resource I made some time ago (click here). The aim is to present extended texts to students + for them to extract key information. I am using this with a middle ability group.
Firstly I want to point out that the second slide of the PowerPoint is adapted from a Rachel Hawkes resource. It is great for going over some key vocabulary in a more interesting way. Slide 3 is something my group have seen previously and we are just going over it again to recap key words. Slides 4-10 are for building up cultural context. The video about the future design for the Santiago Bernabeu stadium is not meant to me understood in detail. I just want the students to watch it for interest. The visuals and some key phrases I have highlighted tell the story. The video activity on Raul (former Real Madrid player) is based on a BBC Learning Zone video. The video link is shown in slide 11 or you can click on the image to be taken straight to the relevant page. This activity will be challenging for my group and I will probably simplify it a bit for them. The reading activity that follows based on an interview with Juan Mata is heavily based on the video activity reinforcing some of the language covered.
POWERPOINT: FUTBOL WORKSHEETS: ENTREVISTA CON JUAN MATA READING ENTREVISTA CON RAÚL
The resources here are just updated versions of things I posted some time ago relating to the teaching of tenses (PREVIOUS POST – click here). The main addition I have made is to the activity towards the end of the PowerPoint where the students have to make up the plot of a series on Spanish TV. The programme I have used is called El Príncipe and this is shown on Telecinco. What I like about the series is that it is set in Ceuta and provides an opportunity to point out to students that Spain has two territories in north Africa. This will also be of interest to my students as the majority of them are Muslim.
POWERPOINT: TENSES WORKSHEET: ALL TENSES worksheet
I know that I have posted this before but with Christmas fast approaching I have dug out this resource to update it a bit. It is the Christmas video of the Madagascar Penguins with linked resources. The PowerPoint is used to summarise the story after the students have seen the film. Even though some of the words are tricky for younger students they can hopefully work out the overall meaning given the context. This is followed by a gap fill exercise to test comprehension of some key words.
You can find the film on YouTube (see below), although there are no subtitles and the quality is not great or you can buy the DVD from amazon.es – a much better option!
POWERPOINT: Los Pingüinos de Madagascar NAVIDAD WORKSHEET: los pinguinos WITH GAPS los pinguinos
The resources attached to this post are linked to teaching the time in Spanish to beginners. In slides 22 + 59 there are links to some great websites where you can get some interactive practice taking place. In the PowerPoint I have also taken a look at the teaching of the 24 hour clock and I have also added in some cultural elements such as Nochevieja in Madrid. On slides 67-78 students come to the board + write on the times on the clock face of the Reloj de la Puerta del Sol (Interactive Whiteboard required). There is also reference made to Spanish TV stations in order to add some practice of the 24 hour clock.
POWERPOINT: LA HORA WORKSHEETS: CLOCK FACES WORKSHEET TIME CROSSWORD Time GRADED WORKSHEET Veo Homeland en la Cuatro
[You can get a free worksheet on time from the Mary Glasgow website if you click HERE]
It’s a classic using the San Fermín song to introduce the months in Spanish and the PowerPoint attached uses this along with a video of a recent encierro in order to illustrate the most famous aspect of this event. I also show a video where students see a mixture of other Spanish festivals in order to give further practice to the months of the year and to illustrate how festivals take place throughout the year in Spain. The overall aim of this lesson is to ask students for the date of their birthday but I will be extending this into a longer conversation including all other questions such as ¿Cómo te llamas?, ¿Cuántos años tienes? etc. that we have covered in earlier lessons.
(Slides 3+4 came from a resource I found online although I cannot remember who made them. Apologies to whoever made them for not giving credit.)
POWERPOINT: Los meses del año WORKSHEET: months WORDSEARCH