I am updating some of my resources for the Monarquías y Dictaduras section of the A level Spanish course. I have decided to add something in about the removal of the remains of Franco from the Valle de los Caídos nearly four and a half decades after his burial. So, attached is a simple resource – just a video followed by a reading comprehension. I like the video because of the subtitles which make it more accessible + it provides a clear picture of the events.
This final post on transgender is focused on the use of the term “latinx”. A definition of this could be a person of Latin American origin or descent which is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina. The -x suffix replaces the -o/-a ending of nouns and adjectives. The term, however, is only being used in Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. The resource starts with a slide pointing out that the term in unknown to many Spanish-speakers and is followed by a video where young people who identify themselves as latinx explain why they use it. A reading comprehension comes at the end.
RESOURCES: PowerPoint – 4. Los derechos de las personas transgénero LATINX Worksheet – LATINX READING
This third post on transgender is more grammatically focused. The debate over mixed or single sex toilets is used as a starting point for work on the conditional and future perfect – tenses I really want them to use more esp. in relation to the speaking exam and debate. I am not totally led by the slides on the PowerPoint in this and I ask the students for their views as well as adding in some grammar testing / hypothetical questions to test the grammar in a more spontaneous manner as we work through.
RESOURCES: PowerPoint – 3. Los derechos de los gays y las personas transgénero ASEOS MIXTOS + GRAMMAR v2 Worksheets – The conditional perfect WORKSHEET DEBERES The conditional perfect The future perfect WORKSHEET Baño neutro READING v2
This second post on transgender focuses on Alba Palacios, a trans footballer. It is a reading summary task which some of my students find tricky. After a video, which we just watch for context, there is a task where the students must work out from my summary what the bullet points would have been – a summary task in reverse. Following this activity we read through the full text together and find synonyms from the text for words listed in the PowerPoint. After all of this, they are in a better position to have a go at the summary by themselves.
RESOURCES – POWERPOINT: 2. Los derechos de las personas transgénero SUMMARY READING WORKSHEETS: Primera futbolista trans de España SUMMARY READING Primera futbolista trans de España SUMMARY work out bullet points
I have been trying to improve some of the A level resources. I feel that in the topic for the AQA Spanish A-level 3.3 Los derechos de los gays y las personas transgénero there is a lack of material on transgender, so hopefully the attached will help to address this.
I have looked at what are some standard areas of discussion:
- Terminology and identity
- An example of a successful transgender woman in the male dominated arena of sport
- The bathroom debate and its impact on non-binary people
- Use of the term “latinx”, especially in the US.
The first post is on terminology. In the PowerPoint I start off by showing a clip from a Pedro Almodóvar film in which Bibi Andersen or Bibiana Fernández, the trans actor, appears. This is because we are studying the film VOLVER and I am trying to drop in clips from other films by Almodóvar just to point out recurring techniques, etc. You can delete that bit if you prefer! Then, in a rather indirect way, we get to a video explaining different terminology. The slides on el español rioplatense are because the video voiceover is in this accent and I just wanted to highlight this.
RESOURCES – POWERPOINT: 1. Los derechos de las personas transgénero GLOSARIO DE TERMINOS WORKSHEET: GLOSARIO DE TERMINOS
(When you are asked to sign up for an account, just click “Maybe later”. Students listen to sections of the song and type in the missing lyrics).
Here are some resources on the Spanish A level topic of women in the workplace. The resources reflect the type of exercises students have to do in the AQA A level reading. If you click on the feminicidio.net heading you will be taken to the website as a prelude to the reading comprehension based on an interview with the founder of the website. You can also find an A level discussion card on the topic at the spanishandumbrellas website – click here.