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Summer newsletter: All the activities included in ¿Dígame? El tiempo libre, our latest icebreaker to learn how to use the verb gustar.
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 http://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
What do Spaniards do in their free time? Do they dance flamenco, eat paella, watch bullfights and sleep siesta? These are the questions we try to answer in our second video of the ¿Dígame? series:
The goals of this icebreaker are:
- Grammar: verb gustar.
- Vocabulary: leisure activities (bailar, caminar, cantar, las computadoras, esquiar, hacer deporte, ir al teatro, ir de compras, jugar al fútbol, leer, montar en bici, nadar, patinar, pintar, salir con los amigos, tocar la guitarra, ver la tele, los videojuegos, etc.)
- Communication skills: how to talk about what you do in the free time.
The activities of this package include two audio activities, two slides to project in your class to prepare your students and evaluate them at the end, exercises to do before and during the video, the answer key and the transcript of the video and audio files.
You can preview and order ¿Dígame? El tiempo libre in the icebreaker section.
If you’d like to participate in one of our videos, as Ms. Smith did in this one, just follow the easy instructions you’ll find here.
Posted by Alvaro
In our last visit to Barcelona we decided to rock the city. We put a band together, and with the great help of two talented musicians –Tania Hernando and Daniel Morcillo- we came up with a catchy song to teach the conjugation of –ar verbs. The result is bARcelona, a song your students won’t forget:
As far as the vocabulary, this icebreaker covers the most common regular –ar verbs (ayudar, bailar, cantar, enseñar, entrar, escuchar, estudiar, hablar, llamar, llegar, ganar, manejar, mirar, saltar, terminar, trabajar, viajar) and key words to talk about music (actuación, baile, canción, concierto, guitarra, grupo, instrumento, música, ritmo, tocar.)
bARcelona is the coolest way to teach the conjugation of –ar verbs. The activities included in the package will help your students get the most from the video (which has optional subtitles in Spanish), and we guarantee you that all your students will know the O, AS, A, AMOS, AN endings by the end of the lesson. Order the bARcelona video and activities from the icebreaker section, and get ready for an awesome class!
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!