MyRoe Spanish Corner – useful link

I like to use video for listening activities wherever possible although finding suitable material can be difficult.  The following link has short videos on a variety of GCSE topics – I presume that the YouTube site is linked to the University of Roehampton. I like the fact that they also provide transcripts of the extract below each video. Below is one extract I will be using in order to reinforce use of the conditional in Spanish.

¿Qué te gusta más de tu ciudad?

I have mentioned in earlier posts that I have a top set Year 11. I am trying to push them to cover as much higher level vocabulary as possible building upon what they did in earlier years. In this lesson I am revising and extending their knowledge of places in the town or countryside. From this I quickly revise the verb IR before moving on to look at how you can give opinions about your area. There is a reading task which then moves to a video activity. This is from an advert to promote Madrid as a tourist destination. The Real Madrid players give their opinions of the city. After watching this and working out what they have said, we work on putting our own answers together building upon language we have covered in previous lessons. This may be of interest to others if only for the video and adapting this to other levels of ability.

POWERPOINT:    WORKSHEETS: crossword places in town HIGHER  Reading ENTREVISTAS mi barrio HIGHER   MADRID video listening sheet

Las aulas del mundo

I saw an item on The Guardian website and thought that it would be a great starting point for a resource comparing schools across the world. The resource I have put together is a thinking skills activity and requires printing on to card (I would print out the activity as 2 pages to 1). This then needs to be cut up. The PowerPoint really explains what to do and the overall focus is on improving reading skills. Firstly the students have to read the texts for gist / key words and match them to the photos. This is followed by a reading for detail task. As I have a top GCSE set this year the resource is aimed at higher ability. Nevertheless, the PowerPoint starts with an introduction to the Instituto de Educación Secundaria El Fontanal in Lebrija, Andalucía and the Spanish needed to describe a school which could be used for other groups. I love the video the students made and this is posted below. It is great for our students to see what a Spanish school really looks like and to then go on to the reading task to look at classrooms across the globe and some of the interesting facts that emerge. Thanks to Irene, as ever, for your help putting this together. Gracias.


¿Qué hacían antes de ser famosos?

This is just a quick post with a worksheet about what people did before becoming famous. The real aim is to teach the imperfect tense in the context of work. All the information is true or at least according to what the internet tells me. I have tried to include some Spanish-speaking people and some who may be unfamiliar to students. I will go on from this to get students to imagine that we are living 20 years in the future, that they are all famous and they have to write about what they used to do when they were younger. I’ll try to encourage them to manipulate their CVs to incorporate things they have yet to achieve!

WORKSHEET: antes de ser famosos

¿De compras en una plaza de toros?

The resources in this post are linked to teaching about a town / city. Apologies for the fact that in the PowerPoint I have had to delete some slides e.g. Boardworks. You’ll have to buy these yourself – I’d really recommend them. Nevertheless, from presenting vocabulary we move to talking about what you used to have in your area and what facilities you would like to have. This provides an opportunity to mention Las Arenas in Barcelona which is an old bullring that is now a shopping centre. This clearly reflects changing attitudes in this region of Spain. There is also a link to a video from Yabla which I love where a comparison is made between San Sebastián and Barcelona. Hopefully all of this will make much more sense when you take a look at the PowerPoint.

POWERPOINT: WORKSHEET: Crossword places in town HIGHER

More vocabulary

In earlier posts I’ve explained how I give my GCSE Spanish group a vocabulary booklet as we start each topic as some like to read ahead + use them for reference in the lessons. I have already posted the booklets for Healthy Living, Leisure and Relationships . Here is the latest I have made on Shopping which also includes areas such as clothes and technology. There are two more to come then the vocabulary for the GCSE Higher Level will be fully covered!


Los muebles – la República Dominicana

The attached resources are for presenting furniture in Spanish. There is a lot of vocabulary here and a lot of reinforcement is needed. I will be using the Task Magic programme which is great for vocabulary games. To add a brief cultural element to the presentation I have drawn attention to the IKEA catalogue for the Dominican Republic in the interest of highlighting the many countries where Spanish is spoken. Before telling them this I get them to try and guess where this IKEA stores is using slides 6 + 7. This is a difficult task but to be honest the guessing of countries is what I want for a bit of revision. The clue is obviously the fact that the prices are listed in $. This narrows it down a bit. I then point out that in Spain the IKEA catalogue is available in regional languages. I don’t dwell on this too much as I want to get on with the aim of the lesson which is to embed the vocabulary to then go on to look at prepositions – al lado de, entre, detrás de, etc. I have only included the vocabulary section of the presentation.


¿Qué tiempo hace en Argentina?

Weather generally comes up as an area of language to be taught within the topic of holidays. I am trying to teach it in response to the question “¿Dónde recomiendas para las vacaciones?”. I have taken the opportunity to then focus on issues relating to extreme heat and the precautions that must be taken. I have used the resources produced by the Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad as part of their 2010 campaign -“Combatir el calor está en tus manos“. I also wanted to take the opportunity to practise the language of weather beyond Spain and chose Argentina for the listening (video), reading and resulting writing activities. The listening worksheet is yet to be produced – Irene at school is working on this with me. Give us a few days! I hope it is all of some use + as usual the videos are embedded and also posted below. WORKSHEETS:  el clima CROSSWORD   el tiempo en Argentina READING    el tiempo en Uruguay READING    Reading ENTREVISTAS para las vacaciones recomiendo HIGHER

El Mercado de la Encarnación, Sevilla

In teaching the topic of shopping I want my students to incorporate some discussion of how the area in which they live has changed over recent years. I have used the example of el Mercado de la Encarnación in Seville. In the PowerPoint I show “Las Setas” from the Plaza de la Encarnación as an example of how a market has changed. I have posted the PowerPoint in full as well as the accompaying resources in case they are of any use. The videos are embedded + also posted below.