Category Archives: Classroom activities

El Tenedor (The Fork Game)

I can’t remember where I first heard of this game.  It is typically played with a pencil and called something like the “True or False Game.”  I use plastic forks and call it “El Tenedor.”  Here’s how it is played: … Continue reading

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Closers

What happens when students finish an assessment and there are 10 minutes remaining in class?  Or when the internet goes out, or for some other reason, you cannot do what you had planned in class?  Or your first activity took … Continue reading

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A few new twists on an old favorite

We’ve been working with “El abrigo anaranjado“, which is an embedded reading I created based on Julio Cortázar’s “Continuidad de los parques”.   I’ve taught this reading a few times in the past, and I really enjoy it.  This time, … Continue reading

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Story Game

Here’s a game I tried last week.  I’ll explain the rules and how we “played” it for the first time.  Then, I’ll share some of my reflections for how it could be improved or adapted.  I would be very interested … Continue reading

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A true friend always listens

Here’s an idea that’s just quirky enough to work.  I wanted to do a quick retell/speaking practice, and  I wanted all students to speak.  I passed out little paper cutouts of the outline of a man and told students he … Continue reading

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Entrevista con Dr. Phil

After reading the story about the woman who was in love with a duck (last post), we completed this activity.  Students work in pairs to complete two interviews.  In the first, one student is Dr. Phil and the other is … Continue reading

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Los chistes

About 6 years ago, I was teaching English in Costa Rica.  One day, something came up in class that made me think of a joke.  I think we were talking about animal paws, and it reminded me of the joke … Continue reading

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Freeze Frame

The following activity was used today as a transition between two main vocabulary sets.  Last week, we watched and discussed the paperman video.  During the discussion, I focused on three terms: estaba enojado – was angry no quería trabajar – … Continue reading

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Examples of communication

I am beginning at a new school this year with students who are not accustomed to TPRS/CI.  In an effort to help students understand my definition of “communication” and demonstrate how my class will probably be different than Spanish classes … Continue reading

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Makebeliefscomix

Makebeliefscomix.com is a website for creating comic strips.  I’ve used it to create short dialogue-based readings and as a student activity.  It was a homework option for one of the quarters this year.  We used it today in Spanish 2. … Continue reading

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