Los meses del año

2005It’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.)


¿Dónde está Messi?

Barcelona12-132The resources here are linked to teaching prepositions of place (near, far, next to, etc.). There is at least two lessons’ worth of material here – we’ll see how it goes! The only cultural aspects I’ve managed to get in are an attempt to work out where Barcelona FC players are in relation to one another in a photo as a starter activity + there is a worksheet on the Seville zoo. I used the latter in my lesson as an extension activity rather than homework in the end + it worked better than I expected.

POWERPOINT: Prepositions of place  WORKSHEETS: Dónde está Terence Dónde están los animales en el parque zoológico de Sevilla Dónde exactamente XWORD El Barça STARTER HIGHER reading&writing and listening L5 prepositions READING Prepositions practice to accompany Av.de las flores slide READING Dónde está exactamente ws READING Las prepositions WORKSHEET Reading&writing

Thanks to Steve Ward for the majority of the work here.

Los números

P1000138In a previous post I shared resources on teaching the alphabet to a Year 7 (beginners) group. This was to deal with them spelling their names – ¿Cómo se escribe ….? Now we are moving on to talking about age and as such we need to know some numbers. In order to get some cultural reference in I have added in an activity where the class hears football results for Spanish teams as well as an activity where they have to read out the number plates for vehicles across the Spanish-speaking world. This, of course, helps to revise the alphabet covered in an earlier lesson + also draws attention to the many countries in which Spanish is spoken. It’s always worth a reminder!

[Slide 37 there is a video – click on the picture + you should be able to play it. The following slides (38-46) are to be used with mini-whiteboards. The students have to write down the number before the mouse gets into the hole.]

Also, thanks to the comments from Katherine De Lima. If you have not yet seen her blog YOU MUST! There are some great ideas on there – http://quecheveredelima.wordpress.com/ . I’m loving the Pico y Placa idea for teaching numbers and the alphabet.

POWERPOINT: NUMBERS 1-13 + AGE WORKSHEETS: Los resultados de partidos de fútbol numbers 1-13 CROSSWORD PLENARY putting the ages in order WORKSHEET tengo cuatro años

El abecedario

manolito-gafotas-9788432214233I’m teaching the alphabet to my Year 7 group soon. Attached is the PowerPoint I am going to use. In an attempt to add a bit of culture into the mix (this was a challenge!), I’ve added in an exercise to test the sight of my students which I’ve linked to Manolito Gafotas  imagining that he will have taken such a test at some point. I know this is a tenuous link, but …. Further into the PPT I’ve used the programme Cifras y Letras. The aim is for students to listen + note down the letters chosen and when the word is revealed they look this up in the dictionary. This should help to reinforce the dictionary skills work carried out in earlier slides.

POWERPOINT: ABECEDARIO   WORKSHEET: Alphabet pronunciation sheet

La vuelta al cole

la-vuelta-al-coleBack to school and I’m back to teaching Year 7. I’m attaching to this post resources linked to “materiales escolares” + I want to draw attention to the fact that in Spain and many other countries stationery is not provided by the school. In slide 2 of the PowerPoint I show a “Back to school” advert from El Corte Inglés which is followed by extracts from the Back to School catalogue from Hipercor. If you click on the picture of stationery in slide 3 you will be taken to the online version which you can flick through to demonstrate the type of things Spanish students need to provide for themselves. As a result there is a lot to carry and slide 5 shows a video which illustrates this beautifully. After all of this cultural context you can then get into the job of presenting the necessary language etc.

POWERPOINTLa vuelta al cole     WORKSHEET: En mi mochila CROSSWORD

El clima de Cuba

IMG_1103I have already uploaded a post about teaching the weather in Spanish, so I will not repeat the same resources here. This is an extension of the earlier work. Here I focus on the seasons + the weather in Cuba compared with that in Spain. Inspiration from a trip to Cuba earlier this year!

POWERPOINT: SEASONS CUBA + SPAIN  WORKSHEETS: las zonas climáticas HIGHER TEXT las zonas climáticas TEXT

¡Viva San Fermín! Gora San Fermin!

programa_oficial_sanfermin_2013_7julio_gWell, it is San Fermín time again + attached are some resources for teaching about this festival. I have posted some of this before although I have updated the presentation and corrected some errors I noticed. Hopefully it is much improved! This fits into the topic of holidays + what you do on a trip. The outcome is to design a poster describing an imaginary visit to the festival.

PRESENTATION: PPT 1 PPT2 PPT 3 (files too large for this blog + for slideshare. I have had to split the PowerPoint into 3) WORKSHEETS: La fiesta de San Fermín CROSSWORD La fiesta de San Fermín READING explanation of different aspects of the festival La fiesta de San Fermín READING grid READING La fiesta de San Fermín goes with the writing frame San Fermín reading San Fermín VOCAB SHEET to support writing Writing frame LA FIESTA DE SAN FERMIN


Los protegidos, demonstrative adjectives, QUEDAR and clothes!

The resources in this post relate to language within the topic of fashion. By this point I will have taught clothes, colours, etc. My aim is to teach the use of the verb QUEDAR as well as demonstrative adjectives. As part of this I am using a clip from a programme on Antena 3 called Los Protegidos. The clip brings together the language covered and provides a bit of a cultural context.

POWERPOINT: ME QUEDA BIEN WORKSHEETS: Qué ropa te queda mejor  This and that VIDEO worksheet

SER o ESTAR …. esa es la cuestión

I have been putting together resources to teach about character / describing people. Inevitably this leads to some work on SER + ESTAR. Attached to this post is the PowerPoint with the resources leading up to the point where I tackle the two verbs for TO BE. My aim is for the students to be able to put together a description of a friend + what a good friend should be like. Included is a cartoon from Quino which I want the students to explain to me – that will be a challenge to them! I had considered doing something with the Toy Story song and the Simpsons clip (videos below), but they aren’t the ideal clips I was looking for and I really should push on with the topic. I have not had a great deal of luck finding any decent YouTube resources to support this part of the topic. Hope this post is of use to someone!

POWERPOINT: descripciones carácter WORKSHEETS: Descripciones WORDGAMES Descripciones XWORD listos WORDS Mi mejor amigo READING higher version SER worksheet Ser y Estar