Category Archives: Classroom activities

How Well Do You Know Your Classmates?

The following activities are great way to provide input in an engaging manner, using your students as the context.   They work well for the first day back after a break but can be used at any time.  They are … 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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Unit: Le dio el corazón

At a recent Northeast Ohio TCI event, I watched as Vicki Antequera and Sheryl Rawson demonstrated a story they use for level 1 Spanish and some of the activities they use with it.  I was amazed at the simplicity and … Continue reading

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Image Search

Here is an easy and fun activity, which can lead to great input and many reps of important structures.  It’s great as homework or for a sub day.  The teacher supplies the students with a slide presentation with several written phrases, … Continue reading

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Let’s try that again

Based on some recent assessments, I found that many of my students were struggling with using progressive vs. preterite tenses: estaba corriendo (he was running) vs. corrió (he ran).   As with any grammatical hangup, I had three options: move … Continue reading

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la luz

No, this is not a post about a song by Juanes. “La luz” is an integral part of my classes, and I don’t think I’ve ever officially described it. It looks like this: It’s nothing more than a cheap battery … Continue reading

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Who threw it at him?

We’ve been using the phrase “se lo trajo” (brought it to him/her) in class.  Even after a story about a waitress bringing food to clients, I felt that I needed more reps on the concept of double pronouns.  I put … Continue reading

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How well do you know your friend? (Adapting the newlywed game for WL class)

Here’s another simple game that students tend to enjoy and provides opportunities for many reps of a few target structures.   The game is played in pairs.  The object is to know as much about your partner as possible. Each student … Continue reading

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The one-sided phone conversation

Have you ever listened to someone talk on the phone to someone else?  As you listen to half of the conversation, do you wonder what the voice on the other end of the line is saying?  Do you ever try … Continue reading

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