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February: A sample of the activities included in ¿Dígame? El Día de Acción de Gracias, our latest icebreaker to have a fun and meaningful class before the Thanksgiving break.
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?
- 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.)
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.
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
Many people in Spain call it “El Día de El Corte Inglés”, because they think “el día de San Valentín” is just a commercial festivity (“El Corte Inglés” is the main Spanish department store). But there are also many people who consider it a special day, and they celebrate it showing their love and friendship. Although it isn’t a very important day in our country, we wanted to do an icebreaker about this topic because it’s a great opportunity to learn or review vocabulary related to love and relationships, and also it’s easy to connect it to the present perfect tense. The result is El día de San Valentín, a 6-minute story about three friends and the importance that 14 February has in their lives.
The activities that accompany the video also include an explanation of the Colombian “día del Amor y la Amistad”, a similar celebration that takes places every 18 September.
We also have another video related to friendship: “Mi mejor amiga” that might be a better option for beginner levels (Spanish I / II), since the plot is easier and the grammar just focuses on the indirect object pronouns.
If your students are low beginners, you can still have a great special day with Amor a primera vista, a fun contest in which two young boys compete to go on a date with an attractive girl from Caracas. The objectives of this icebreaker are:
- Grammar: subject pronouns and the verb ser.
- Vocabulary: personality adjectives.
- Communication skills: how to introduce themselves.
You can purchase and preview these videos in low resolution in the icebreaker section of our website.
Esperamos que tengan un buen día de San Valentín.
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Posted by Alvaro
What do you do in the classes before the Thanksgiving break? When we were teachers in the U.S., those days were always difficult for us: students were not really willing to work, and we ended up spending the class decorating paper turkeys with some Spanish words.
Although it isn’t a tradition of the Spanish speaking countries, we felt it’d be a good idea to film a video about it so teachers and students do something really meaningful on those days:
¿Dígame? El Día de Acción de Gracias is a fun 9-minute video with real interviews to find out what people in Spain know about Thanksgiving. The objectives of the lesson are:
- Communication skills: how to say thank you.
- Vocabulary: Words connected to Thanksgiving such as calabaza, cosecha, nativo, otoño, pavo, peregrino, relleno …
The activities of this lesson include a surprising (and really easy) project to do before the break, and they’ll also help students understand the video and get the most from it.
¿Dígame? El Día de Acción de Gracias is part of our ¿Dígame? series, which is open to everybody: we’d love to make a video with you!!
Posted by Alvaro
This is the first video of our new kind of icebreakers, called “¿Dígame?” The goal of these videos is to give you, and your students, the opportunity to appear in one of our videos, just by sending us a short script and an audio or video file, following this model:
Please click here if you’d like to get more information about how to participate.
As far as this first video -“¿Dígame? Los propósitos de año nuevo”- we went to the streets of Madrid and Barcelona at the beginning of January to ask several people what their resolutions for this year are. Thanks to this 6-minute video, which you can preview in low resolution, and the activities included in the package, your students will learn the basic vocabulary about New Year’s resolutions (words and expressions such as “ahorrar”, “encontrar trabajo”, “hacer ejercicio”, “pasar más tiempo con la familia”, “ser mejor persona”), and they’ll also practice the use of “ir a”.
The video is suitable for all levels since it includes optional subtitles in Spanish, and the activities included in the package cover the vocabulary and grammar of the video, so your students will be ready to understand it when you play it in class.
Finally, the video has an important cultural value, since it shows the streets of the biggest Spanish cities right after Christmas, when some decoration is still up, and it’ll also give you a great opportunity to explain the use of “tú” and “usted” here in Spain.