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December: A sample of the activities included in Mesa para dos, our latest icebreaker to teach how to order in a restaurant.
Posted by Alvaro under: News
It’s always been our goal since we started Bablingua in 2007 to offer authentic and meaningful audiovisual resources to Spanish language teachers at an affordable price. The new yearly subscription is a huge step forward in that direction. Teachers and students of the same school can access all our videos and activities (see our catalog here) for just $100 per school and year:
- How does it work?
- How to apply You can use the contact form of this page to ask us any questions you may have or to apply for your own website. You just need us to let us know the name of your choice, which we’ll lead to an address such as tuescuela.bablingua.com, and we’ll have it ready in about two days. We’ll then contact you to give you the simple guidelines to customize the site, and we’ll send you the invoice (you can make the payment with any credit card, check or wire transfer, and we accept purchase orders.)
We’ll build a website just for your school (a $25 one-time payment), customized with the photo, colors and welcoming text of your choice. That website will contain all our videos, listed alphabetically and with a search engine to help you find the videos easily. New videos will be automatically added to the site, and you’ll be notified through our monthly newsletter. You can see an example at http://tuescuela.bablingua.com.
Teachers can use that website to play the videos in their classes, but it can also be accessed by students in their own devices –it’s fully compatible with tablets, smartphones and all computers. - This means that students will be able to watch the videos at their own pace, in the class, computer lab or at their homes.
Teachers will also get a link to download all the files (activities, audio files, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) that accompany the videos. Since they’re small files, downloads are extremely quick.
If you’ve made any purchases at bablingua.com we’ll discount that amount from the first year’s annual fee. And more good news: the remaining months of the current school year are free!!
Opening your class to the Hispanic world has never been easier and more affordable. Apply now and spice up your classes with more than 70 exciting videos, integrated in your own website.
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.
Posted by Alvaro
Nativity scenes are extremely popular in Spanish homes, even more than the Christmas tree, according to some studies. In Tradiciones de España: Un Belén Viviente, we interview the sellers at Madrid’s Plaza Mayor Christmas market to know which figures people buy more, and what kind of components can be added to the scene. We also visit the village of Buitrago del Lozoya, in the north of Madrid, because it organizes every year one of the best living nativity scenes of our country.
This video and its activities follow these objectives:
- Grammar: Difference pero – sino.
- Vocabulary: Christmas and the nativity scene.
- Communication skills: how to express happiness.
The activities included in the package will get your students ready so they don’t miss any details of this exciting 12-minute video, which includes optional subtitles in Spanish and a beautiful Christmas carol.
Tradiciones de España: Un Belén Viviente is the perfect video for the classes before Christmas for intermediate-advanced students: they’ll learn key vocabulary about this season while enjoying the Christmas spirit.
Posted by Alvaro
Is there a more engaging topic than food? Mesa para dos is a very funny video for a beginner’s class and really useful at the same time. Your students will learn:
- Communication skills: basic expressions to order in a restaurant and several examples so they can do their own role-plays.
- Vocabulary: Basic food and beverages.
- Grammar: possessive adjectives, singular and plural forms (mi, tu, nuestro, su) and some of the differences between tú and usted.
The activities included in the lesson will help your students get the most from the video (which has optional subtitles in Spanish), providing examples and clear explanations so your students can end the lesson working in groups to make their own restaurant conversations.
Download Mesa para dos and let your students run their own Spanish restaurants!