El día de San Valentín

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Many people in Spain call it “El Día de El Corte Inglés”, because they think “el día de San Valentín” is just a commercial festivity (“El Corte Inglés” is the main Spanish department store). But there are also many people who consider it a special day, and they celebrate it showing their love and friendship. Although it isn’t a very important day in our country, we wanted to do an icebreaker about this topic because it’s a great opportunity to learn or review vocabulary related to love and relationships, and also it’s easy to connect it to the present perfect tense. The result is El día de San Valentín, a 6-minute story about three friends and the importance that 14 February has in their lives.

The activities that accompany the video also include an explanation of the Colombian “día del Amor y la Amistad”, a similar celebration that takes places every 18 September.

We also have another video related to friendship: “Mi mejor amiga” that might be a better option for beginner levels (Spanish I / II), since the plot is easier and the grammar just focuses on the indirect object pronouns.

If your students are low beginners, you can still have a great special day with Amor a primera vista, a fun contest in which two young boys compete to go on a date with an attractive girl from Caracas. The objectives of this icebreaker are:

  • Grammar: subject pronouns and the verb ser.
  • Vocabulary: personality adjectives.
  • Communication skills: how to introduce themselves.

You can purchase and preview these videos in low resolution in the icebreaker section of our website.

Esperamos que tengan un buen día de San Valentín.

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Have fun teaching the verb tener and numbers 0-99

Posted by Alvaro

Your students will love ¿Cuántos años tienen?, a fun TV contest rigged by an unfair TV presenter. He’ll do everything he can so Mariella, a young and beautiful Peruvian girl, wins the prize: a trip to Cuba.
The language objectives of this fun video are:

  • Grammar: the verb tener, numbers 0-99 and the noun-adjective agreement.
  • Vocabulary: personality adjectives (deportista, elegante, gracioso, inteligente, listo, serio, simpático, sociable, etc.).
  • Communication skills: how to introduce another person.

In the 9-minute video, which includes optional subtitles in Spanish, Mariella and Javier try to guess the ages of five different people:

The writing and audio activities that accompany the video will prepare your students to get the most of it, covering the numbers from 0 to 99, the noun-adjective agreement, the conjugation of the verb tener and the key vocabulary used in the video.
There’s also an exercise to do while watching the show -which will help them not to get lost at any time-, the answer key and the transcripts of the video and audio files:

The package also includes two slides: one to start the lesson and a final review, in which students will use what they’ve learnt to introduce another person to the rest of the class, following an example.

Watch and download the video and activities through the icebreaker section of this site.

Human towers: a video that will captivate your students (but don’t try this at school!!)

Posted by Alvaro

Tradiciones de España: los castells will transport your class to Barcelona to witness one of the most breathtaking Spanish traditions: the human towers that groups of over 150 people built in festivals around Catalonia.

Your students will enjoy this part of the Spanish culture while they improve their language in the following areas:

  • Grammar: verbs like gustar (aburrir, apetecer, disgustar, doler, encantar, faltar, fascinar, fastidiar, importar, interesar, molestar, parecer, preocupar and quedar).
  • Vocabulary: adjectives to describe events such as aburrido, bonito, divertido, emocionante, fascinante, interesante, peligroso, etc.
  • Communication skills: how to make excuses.

The activities included in the package will get your students ready so they don’t miss any details of this captivating 10-minute video, which includes optional subtitles in Spanish.

Tradiciones de España: los castells is a great opportunity to learn language through culture, thanks to this engaging video about one of our greatest traditions.

New Year’s resolutions

Posted by Alvaro

This is the first video of our new kind of icebreakers, called “¿Dígame?” The goal of these videos is to give you, and your students, the opportunity to appear in one of our videos, just by sending us a short script and an audio or video file, following this model:

Please click here if you’d like to get more information about how to participate.

As far as this first video -“¿Dígame? Los propósitos de año nuevo”- we went to the streets of Madrid and Barcelona at the beginning of January to ask several people what their resolutions for this year are. Thanks to this 6-minute video, which you can preview in low resolution, and the activities included in the package, your students will learn the basic vocabulary about New Year’s resolutions (words and expressions such as “ahorrar”, “encontrar trabajo”, “hacer ejercicio”, “pasar más tiempo con la familia”, “ser mejor persona”), and they’ll also practice the use of “ir a”.

The video is suitable for all levels since it includes optional subtitles in Spanish, and the activities included in the package cover the vocabulary and grammar of the video, so your students will be ready to understand it when you play it in class.

Finally, the video has an important cultural value, since it shows the streets of the biggest Spanish cities right after Christmas, when some decoration is still up, and it’ll also give you a great opportunity to explain the use of “tú” and “usted” here in Spain.

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