Category Archives: Authentic Resources

3 AM

 I think you could build an entire Spanish curriculum on the latest Jesse y Joy album.  I probably won’t do that, but here is a three-day lesson based on their song 3 am, which includes vocals from Tommy Torres.  If … Continue reading

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A Technique for El Internado and Movie Talk

If you’ve ever been frustrated because you feel like you’re not getting enough out of Movie Talk, the following may help . . . If you’ve ever wanted to try using El Internado in your Spanish class but you’re not … Continue reading

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Trivia

Here’s another way to provide input while investigating target language culture. I believe I borrowed this idea from someone a couple years ago, but I cannot remember for sure.  I am in my second year of using it, and it … Continue reading

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Turrialba

Here’s an authentic listening activity for Spanish teachers based on a recent event in Costa Rica.  I used it in place of a song at the beginning of each class for a week.  It is the script for the following … Continue reading

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Zaption

Zaption is a site that allows you to add content to existing videos from Youtube or other sources.  I’ve tried it a couple times in class so far and been very pleased with the results.  I love the ease of … Continue reading

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Ayotzinapa

We recently completed a short unit based on the events in Iguala, Mexico and the students from Ayotzinapa.  Below is a link to a shared file, which contains a reading and several other resources.  Adapt and use as you’d like. … Continue reading

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Sangre Americana

  We recently completed an embedded reading with the song “Sangre Americana” by Bacilos.  It’s an older song (released in 2004) that tells of the mistreatment of indigenous people throughout the Americas and how, despite the efforts of many, their … Continue reading

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Another authentic listening example

I stumbled across this beautiful clip recently and had to transcribe it to be used as an authentic listening activity in the future.  In the clip, Jorge Luis Borges discusses art and the restless task of artists and writers.  I … Continue reading

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Authentic Listening Ideas

I start most classes with music.  We listen to songs, complete cloze activities and complete many activities with the lyrics.  We spend about 5 minutes on it at the beginning of class before moving onto the activities for the day. … Continue reading

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