Posted by Alvaro
“Semana Santa en Cádiz” is a 5-minute video, with optional subtitles in Spanish, that focuses on practicing the irregular preterite verbs. The irregular verbs in the preterite are especially important because they are some of the most used in everyday conversations: decir, estar, hacer, poder, querer, ser/ir and tener.
In the video, two young Spaniards talk about what they did in “Semana Santa.” One of them went to Cádiz, in the South of Spain, and describes all the touristic attractions she visited, using of course the preterite, and especially irregular verbs. The package also includes three audio activities and a 10-page PDF document with exercises to do before, during and after the video, as well as the answer key and the transcripts of the listening activities and the video.
Thanks to this icebreaker your students will:
- Learn or review basic vocabulary about tourism: aeropuerto, castillo, hotel, iglesia, montaña, playa, plaza, pueblo, recepcionista, ruinas...
- Practice the irregular verbs in the preterite through different activities (writing, reading, listening and speaking.)
- Learn important facts about touristic places such as the Riviera Maya (Mexico), Cádiz and Alcalá de Henares (Spain.)
Please visit our icebreaker section to preview the video in low resolution.
Posted by Alvaro
“¿Sabes bailar salsa?” is a 3-episode series that will let your students learn or review the differences between the verbs saber-conocer and pedir-preguntar in a fun and meaningful way. It’ll be fun because of the plot of the story: Dave, a young boy from Ecuador, has a date with the girl of his dreams, but they’ll go to dance salsa, and he doesn’t know how to dance. And it’ll be meaningful because your students will see lots of examples about how to use these verbs in context, not in the kind of isolated sentences traditional drills offer.
The series has the following structure:
- Episode 1: ¡Pero si yo no sé bailar salsa!. This first episode covers the main uses of saber and conocer, providing lots of examples about the differences between these two verbs.
- Episode 2: Tengo que pedir ayuda. Uses of pedir and preguntar, and additional examples of saber vs. conocer.
- Episodio 3: Conozco a la mejor professor. A further explanation about the difference between saber and conocer, and a general review about the uses of these four verbs.
As far as the vocabulary, these are the most common words your students will hear in the videos and audio files:
Each episode includes a PDF document with activities and an audio file. The activities are organized following this structure:
- An introduction exercise, to present the series (Episode 1) or review what your students have already learnt (Episodes 2 and 3).
- Some background building activities that cover the main grammar and vocabulary, and will prepare your students to understand the video.
- Several exercises to do while watching the video.
- A review activity.
The three videos (which feature optional subtitles in Spanish), the audio files and the PDF documents with the activities, transcripts and answer key are available in the icebreaker section of this site.
Posted by Alvaro under: News
We’re getting ready for our seventh school year with Bablingua and we’d like more teachers to have access to all of our online resources. We’re offering schools and counties a special account for their Spanish teachers: unlimited access to all the icebreakers, cultural corner videos, smart lesson plans, vocabulary cards, games and ebooks published in this website at a low price, a one-time payment of $475 per school (check our how to order section for more details.)
If your school or county is interested in this offer, just contact us. We’ll create an account for each school with access to the whole site. Please notice that even if a school doesn’t renew its subscription (the renewal fee for 2013/14 was $20 per school, and only $10 for 2014/15), all its Spanish teachers will have access to our current content for an unlimited period of time.
We encourage school districts, teachers and schools to email us to open their doors to the Hispanic world.
We publish new materials every month so you have a wide variety of up-to-date videos to choose from. These are our resources so far (contact us if you’d like to receive a copy):
- 50 Icebreakers for different levels, which cover the most important grammar and vocabulary topics. We’re currently working in adding optional Spanish subtitles to all of them, check our progress here.
- 11 videos and activities from our Cultural Corner so your students are exposed to the different Hispanic accents and cultures
- 4 Smart Lesson Plans with all you need to offer a different class based on new technologies and active involvement from your students.
- 4 sets of Vocabulary Cards that will help your students remember and practice vocabulary previously taught.
- 2 ebooks: “Hablan2”, designed to encourage speaking from the first day and “Escucha: hay un ladrón en mi clase”, to boost your student’s listening and reading skills.
- 2 Games easy to use in your classes.
- A 4-episode story and a documentary about the flea market of “El Rastro”. De Compras en el Rastro is our longest production so far, and it includes a Teacher and a Student’s booklet that will help your students to get the most of the videos.
Contact us or download this application form (clicking the ↓ arrow) if you’d like to open a school account:
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.