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

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

¿Qué hará el gato?

Trying to predict what happens next in a video can be a fun and creative way to get students to practise the future tense. Before getting to that stage clearly there’s a lot of work to be done in teaching the future tense(s). Below is a PowerPoint to support this. The creative outcome stage is where you show one of the “Simon’s Cat” videos from YouTube. You only show it up to the point where the cat appears above the bed, which is quite early on in the video. You pause at this point + ask the class, with the aid of dictionaries or support, to write out what will happen next. Once you gather in suggestions you can then continue with the clip and tick off those that were correct. [As usual the video is embedded into the PowerPoint, but you will need to be connected to the internet for this to work].

POWERPOINTmis-planes-para-el-futuro   WORKSHEET: IMMEDIATE FUTURE use of the verb IR worksheet  El futuro WORKSHEET

Todo sobre el cine

Here are some of the things I am using on the topic of film. I like to draw attention to some Spanish films while at the same time using things that are familiar. In an earlier post you can see some activities on the Catalan film Pa Negre.

Again, the videos are embedded in the PowerPoint + you will need to be connected to the internet for them to work. Alternatively use a wesbite like www.zamzar.com to download the videos to your own computer.

PRESENTATION: cine   WORKSHEETS: Mis Opiniones CINE   film descriptions LISTENING TRANSCRIPT   descripciones de películas en español CINE ESPANOL VERSION   Antonio y el cine READING based on PPT slides

Los pingüinos de Madagascar – una misión navideña

I used this last year with a top set Year 9 group. I showed the film before doing the activities. I explained that they would find it very difficult to understand but what I wanted was for them to watch and get a general idea of what happens in the story. The film lasts about 12 minutes. I followed this with the activities on the PowerPoint. The memorisation activity at the start gives them the opportunity to learn some key words then you  go through what happens in the film expressed in simpler language. Finally comes the blanked text activity based on what they had just seen on the slides. Hope this is of use to someone! ¡Feliz navidad!

POWERPOINT: LOS PINGUINOS DE MADAGASCAR (older PPT version) LOS PINGUINOS DE MADAGASCAR ppt (newer PPT version)  WORKSHEETS: los pinguinos WITH GAPS   los pinguinos