Two videos to celebrate Christmas

Posted by Alvaro

We’d like to wish everybody a wonderful Christmas and good luck with the last classes of this 2013. We think Christmas is a great topic for the foreign language class, and that’s why we have two different icebreakers about this topic:

  • ¡Feliz Navidad! covers the most important topics of Christmas in Spain: from the Christmas lottery (22 December) to the Three Wise Men (6 January), including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, “El Día de los Inocentes” (the Spanish version of Fool’s Day), New Year’s Eve and Day, and Christmas songs and food. It’s appropriate for both beginners and intermediate students, and you can preview its video in the icebreaker section. The ¡Feliz Navidad! package also includes 8 audio files and a 21-page PDF booklet that you can also preview here:

  • Navidad y Deporte is a 9-minute video about Christmas day, and also about one of the most original events that happen in Spain on 25 December: “La Carrera del Pavo”. This race has been celebrated in the town of Segovia for more than 60 years, and it has become very famous in the whole country.
    The activities that accompany the video are divided in two parts: ¿Qué haces el día de Navidad? and La Carrera del Pavo. The video contains several interviews that might be difficult to understand for beginner and even intermediate students. For that reason, we have designed many activities where the key vocabulary is presented in context, so students are able to understand the video and get the most out of it. You can preview these exercises in the following document, which also contains the transcripts and answer key included in the Navidad and Deporte package:

Once again… ¡Felices fiestas a todos!

Engaging activities and video to explain hay vs. estar

Posted by Alvaro

We want beginner’s classes to have the possibility to watch videos they can understand and enjoy despite their limits in vocabulary and grammar.  With this idea in mind, we filmed ¿Dónde están las llaves?, a 5-minute video with lots of examples about the use of estar and hay, the prepositions of place, vocabulary of bedroom objects and other words such as aquí  and allí. The result is the easy-to-follow story of Carlos, a 13-year old boy from Spain who loses his apartment keys and seeks help in his good friend Daniel:

Your students will also have the chance to enter the real room of a Spanish teenager, and see the kind of things he has. The video also features shots of different buildings and a supermarket.

This topic is a great opportunity to do a variety of engaging exercises in class. The activities included in ¿Dónde están las llaves?   contain a listening exercise to draw a room following instructions, a pair work activity in which students will have to cooperate to find the seven differences between their pictures, and exercises to do before and during they watch the video:

¿Dónde están las llaves? has optional subtitles in Spanish like all our newest videos, and can be previewed and ordered from the icebreaker section.

7 things to do to master the Spanish subjunctive

Posted by Alvaro

The second episode of our El luchador subjuntivo series insists on the idea that learning the subjunctive can be fun. In the video, your students will meet Ella, a young girl from the Philippines who is struggling with this mode, and hopes to improve thanks to El luchador and his non-traditional ways of teaching.

Ella gets 7 tips to master the subjunctive, and while watching this story your students will learn the conjugation of the irregular verbs (dar, estar, haber, ir, saber and ser) and the expressions that use the subjunctive to express advice, commands and suggestions: aconsejar que, es importante que, es inútil que, es mejor que, es necesario que, exigir que, más vale que, ordenar que, pedir que, recomendar que and sugerir que.

The 6-page PDF document that accompanies the video includes activities to review what students learnt in the first episode –how to conjugate regular verbs in the present subjunctive,- exercises to do while and after watching the story, a listening comprehension activity, the transcripts, answer key and a review pair work exercise to use the subjunctive to give advice in several situations:

The luchador subjuntivo series is available in the icebreaker section. It will allow you to teach the subjunctive from a very different perspective that will engage your students, proving that the subjunctive can be fun.

Open a school account and enjoy all our resources

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. And if you need more reasons to open a school account, have a look at our Campus: online access to all our videos for students and teachers, which means they’ll be able to watch them everywhere: tablets, cellphones, computer labs, home…

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):

  • 54 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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