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April: Samples of the activities included in Las tareas domésticas, our latest icebreaker to learn the vocabulary of household chores.
Posted by Alvaro
We read a shocking article in the newspaper about how household chores affect Spanish couples and we decided immediately to make an icebreaker about this topic. Why do more than half of the Spanish couples argue about this issue? What are the most hated household chores? We went to the Retiro Park in Madrid to ask these questions to different couples, and the result is Las tareas domesticas, a 10-minute fun video you can preview and order from the icebreaker section.
The video and the activities focus on the household chores vocabulary; taking into account the different names they receive in different countries (we interviewed people from Argentina and Panama, as well as Spain, and we were really lucky to have a wonderful young Dominican journalist to ask the questions). As far as the grammar, this topic is a great opportunity to cover the verbs with different “yo” form (hacer, poner, recoger, saber, salir, traer and ver) and you can also review the e>ie verbs (fregar, tender).
The video offers optional subtitles in Spanish, and the activities include two audio activities and four bingo games:
Household chores are a great topic to cover in the Spanish class. This is our contribution to reduce the number of couples that argue because of them, we hope your students get the message!
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? 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 tuescuela.bablingua.com
- 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.)
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
“Las fallas” is one of the most famous Spanish celebrations. It takes place every year in Valencia, and the images of these artistic monuments being burnt on 19th March are so well-known that we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to go there to film it.
It was our first visit to “las fallas”, but it won’t certainly be our last, since we really loved the event, which surprised us positively in many ways. For example, it isn’t as crowded as we expected: there are indeed a lot of people, but since every neighborhood build their own “falla”, there are plenty to chose from. In addition to this, Valencia is a big city, and this also helps us to get close to the “fallas” to record great images for the icebreaker.
We also got the help of Lucía Alcázar, a young girl from Valencia who did a great job for us explaining what the “fallas” are, and interviewing several people to know their opinions. The result is a 15-minute video, with optional Spanish subtitles, that covers the main events of this celebration: a lot of information about the Falles (materials, themes, sizes, etc.), the Mascletá and, of course, the burning of two Falles: a children’s Falle and a big adult one.
The package includes a 5-page PDF file with activities that will help your students understand the video, and an audio file that covers part of the main vocabulary. We’ve kept the grammar very simple, and thanks to that, the pre-building activities, the optional subtitles and the visual information, this video can be appropriate for any level. You can also preview it in low resolution in the icebreaker section to check whether it’s convenient for your classes. This is a representation of the vocabulary included in the scripts of the video and audio files:
Finally, we’ve included a PowerPoint presentation in the icebreaker that you can use to make presentations about “las fallas” with your students, which will be a great speaking end-of-the-lesson activity. If you have any questions about “las fallas,” feel free to contact us, we’ll be very glad to answer them.
We hope our trip helps us to take your students there, so they can also discover this very special celebration.
Posted by Alvaro
¿Qué día es? is an engaging way to explain or review how to say the date in Spanish, away from boring vocabulary lists and not very exciting drills. Your students will have fun watching a contest in which people from Spain answer questions about important celebrations, such as El día de la Raza, La Tomatina, San Fermín or San Valentín.
The vocabulary covered in this lesson includes the days of the week, the months, the seasons, the numbers and other useful expressions to say the date such as ayer, hoy, mañana, primer(o) , segundo, tercer(o) , último, etc.
The activities that will help your students get the most of the video are very varied: there’s a pair work exercise, an audio file, a crossword and cloze activities.
¿Qué día es? has optional subtitles in Spanish, like all our latest videos, and can be previewed and ordered from the icebreaker section.
You can also use this video to make a calendar for the classroom with Hispanic celebrations and birthdays of Spanish speaking celebrities.
This icebreaker opens the door to an exciting and meaningful way to teach the date: have fun with it!!