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):
- 51 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:
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Lanzarote is a magic place. Its volcanic origin and the last eruptions that took place almost 300 years ago have shaped this island with unique landscapes that cannot be found in any other place in Spain. Despite being a small island, it has a lot to offer to tourists: the well-known Timanfaya National Park, the Cave of Los Verdes, the original vineyards of La Geria, lots of small villages with white houses, the masterpieces from the greatest local artist -César Manrique- and, of course, beautiful beaches.
In such a great location we filmed “Lanzarote: Las Atracciones Turísticas”, a 6-minute documentary that will give many examples to your students of the use of the verb “estar” with the past participle at the same time that they learn the most important facts about the island.
Apart from the grammar, your students will learn new vocabulary connected to tourism and nature, with words such as campesinos, cueva, lago, mirador, paisaje, vista or volcán. In this word map you can see the most common words from the video and audio activity included in the package:
The activities included in the icebreaker explain how to make the past participle of regular verbs and how to use it in agreement with the subject of the sentence (las tiendas están cerradas). They will also help your students to understand the documentary and get the most from it.
You can order and watch the documentary –which features optional subtitles in Spanish- in the icebreaker section of our site.
Take your classes to these spectacular volcanic landscapes, which seem to come from distant planets, and enjoy a different and surprising lesson.
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Food is a very important part of every culture, and something students usually love. That’s why one of our first icebreakers was about how to cook Spanish omelette: “La tortilla de España”, based on one of our most successful lessons when we were teaching Spanish in the U.S., shows how to cook this famous Spanish dish, that you can prepare with your students as long as you have some cooking facilities at your school.
For those teachers who can’t cook at school or who haven’t got enough time we created the program “Cocina fácil”. In the first episode, we explained how to make gazpacho, another famous Spanish dish that doesn’t require a proper kitchen and that can be made in just 20 minutes.
Following its success, we’ve decided to film a second episode of Cocina fácil, this time about guacamole. We wanted to make something different this time, and “Cocina fácil: el guacamole” is definitely not the standard cooking program. It tells the story of Vicente Herrera, “el tiburón” (the shark), a young man with an endless appetite who calls his friend Julieta hoping to eat something at her place. However, Julieta -a young Mexican girl with an excellent reputation as a chef- is not at home, has no money and only has a few minutes before “el tiburón” arrives. Does it sound familiar? We’ve tried to set a scene similar to the one many teachers face at school: lack of time, money and resources. So… what’s the solution? As Julieta says, it’s simple: guacamole.
The result is a 7-minute video that features optional Spanish subtitles and that you can preview in low resolution in the icebreaker section. As usual, the package also includes a PDF document with activities to do before, during and after watching the video, the transcript of the audio activities and video, and the answer key.
As far as the grammar, “Cocina fácil: el guacamole” covers the formal commands (usted / ustedes) and how to use them with an object pronoun (lo, los, la, las). The vocabulary focuses on recipes, with key verbs such as “añadir”, “aplastar”, “cortar”, “lavar” and “pelar”, and other words related to cooking such as “aguacate”, “cebolla”, “cilantro”, “cuchillo”, “limón”, “maíz”, “tenedor”, “tomate”, “tostadas” and “sal”.
We look forward to receiving your comments about this icebreaker, telling us how the class went. Remember, there is no excuse: you just need a bowl, a fork, a knife and some cheap easy-to-find ingredients to give a Mexican taste to your class. It’s “cocina fácil” after all.
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“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.