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That last class before the Thanksgiving break

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, cosechanativootoño, 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!!

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New Year’s resolutions

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.

Take your class for a Christmas walk

Posted by Alvaro

Nativity scenes are extremely popular in Spanish homes, even more than the Christmas tree, according to some studies. In Tradiciones de España: Un Belén Viviente, we interview the sellers at Madrid’s Plaza Mayor Christmas market to know which figures people buy more, and what kind of components can be added to the scene. We also visit the village of Buitrago del Lozoya, in the north of Madrid, because it organizes every year one of the best living nativity scenes of our country.

This video and its activities follow these objectives:

  • Grammar: Difference pero – sino.
  • Vocabulary: Christmas and the nativity scene.
  • Communication skills: how to express happiness.


The activities included in the package will get your students ready so they don’t miss any details of this exciting 12-minute video, which includes optional subtitles in Spanish and a beautiful Christmas carol.



Tradiciones de España: Un Belén Viviente is the perfect video for the classes before Christmas for intermediate-advanced students: they’ll learn key vocabulary about this season while enjoying the Christmas spirit.

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Turn your classroom into a Spanish restaurant

Posted by Alvaro

Is there a more engaging topic than food? Mesa para dos is a very funny video for a beginner’s class and really useful at the same time. Your students will learn:

  • Communication skills: basic expressions to order in a restaurant and several examples so they can do their own role-plays.
  • Vocabulary: Basic food and beverages.
  • Grammar: possessive adjectives, singular and plural forms (mi, tu, nuestro, su) and some of the differences between and usted.


The activities included in the lesson will help your students get the most from the video (which has optional subtitles in Spanish), providing examples and clear explanations so your students can end the lesson working in groups to make their own restaurant conversations.


Download Mesa para dos and let your students run their own Spanish restaurants!

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