El Día de Muertos

Posted by Alvaro under: Resources

In “De Ciudad de México a Madrid” we go for a walk with Cedina, a girl from Ciudad de México who currently lives in Madrid. This is the first video of our Cultural Corner, a section whose objective is to feature people from each of the 21 Spanish speaking countries in a different city in Spain. “De Ciudad de México a Madrid” is organized in three parts:

  • An 8-page PDF document -you can also see it below-  that will prepare your students to watch the video. The first activities are an introduction to Madrid and Ciudad de México, including basic facts and celebrities from both cities. The next pages focus on the Day of the Dead, starting with the key vocabulary (calavera, símbolos religiosos, cementerio, tumba, etc.) and a short explanation about the most important information that your students will hear in the video. Finally, there are two activities the students will complete while watching the video: they’ll help them to understand it (for example, with a cloze activity) and to check whether they got the gist of the video. The PDF also includes 4 listening exercices (3 with Cedina’s accent, and one with mine -from Madrid-, so your students will see the difference).

  • A 9-minute video with optional subtitles in Spanish. Laura meets Cedina in Madrid’s La Puerta del Sol at the beginning of December, and walks with her to the Plaza Mayor, where Cedina talks about the Mexican Celebration “The Day of the Dead”. She also explains and shows how to build and altar, and teaches us when Mexicans build them and what for. You can see a 2-minute extract of the video in our Cultural Corner.

We hope you don’t stop the lesson there, and we encourage you to continue it by organizing your students in groups that will have to build their own altars in class. They’ll have to organize themselves to take all the materials needed to class (following Cedina’s example), and another day they’ll build it and explain it in Spanish. For example, they’ll say what food they’ve brought or what pictures or toys.If you’d like to have more information about this section, please read our post about the Cultural Corner project. And remember that suggestions and comments are always welcome, so please use our Contact Form

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Donna Cays said on Wed, October 19, 2011

Me gusta mucho Bablingua!

Laura García Polo said on Thu, October 20, 2011

¡Muchas gracias Donna! Un saludo desde Madrid.

evieira said on Mon, October 31, 2011


La lección Dia de los muertos me interesó mucho pero no hay un botón o aviso adonde hacer el pedido para comprarlo, como también no encuentro el precio.

Álvaro said on Mon, October 31, 2011

Hola Esther,

El precio de la lección es $9.95 y para comprarla simplemente tienes que crear una cuenta (en la parte superior: “Register”). Después, cuando entres en la sección de “Cultural corner” debajo del vídeo verás que pone “Add to cart”.

Gracias por tu interés en esta lección, si tienes cualquier problema para abrir una cuenta o descargar la unidad, mándanos un mensaje y estaremos encantados de ayudarte.

Blacktoprevival said on Wed, November 02, 2011

No encuentro el botón para comprar el video.

Alvaro said on Wed, November 02, 2011

Para comprar cualquiera de nuestros materiales, primero debes crear una cuenta seleccionando la opción “Register” en la parte superior de la página. Después, accede a tu cuenta y entra en la sección correspondiente. En este caso es “Cultural corner”, donde verás una opción debajo de la descripción de la lección que dice “Add to cart”. Es ahí donde debes pulsar para comprarlo.

Si tienes cualquier problema para crear la cuenta, acceder a la misma o comprar cualquiera de nuestros recursos, no dudes en ponerte en contacto con nosotros y estaremos encantados de ayudarte.

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