Top Four Mexican TV Shows for Learning Spanish
By Katie Collom (guest blogger)
We all wish language learning could be a bit less of a pain – and don’t some of us look forward to the day when some magical potion will make learning any language easy. Spanish is definitely a language to seriously consider taking on; as the second most popular language in the world, it’s a great one to have as part of your repertoire. But consider the problem of learning how to actually speak and communicate like a native: learning a language such as Spanish in the classroom is all very well and good, but where can you go to pick up on slang or practice your listening skills if you live in an environment where Spanish is not generally spoken?
The answer is easy: Mexican telenovelas (soap operas) and TV shows are famous the world over and one of the best ways of learning how to navigate the beautiful undulations of the Spanish language. So here are my top four picks for Mexican TV shows which will help you in your Spanish journey: Continue reading
After finishing our recent unit and taking the proficiency-based assessment, I gave the students a short google survey to gather some feedback. I think it is important to give students a voice in their learning and let them know you consider what they have to say.
88% of students responded that they felt their grade on the assessment matched their ability to use the language to meet the unit objectives. What students liked about the assessment:
- I liked that we got to use as much information we knew to try and get the best grade
- I liked that I was able to use any vocab I wanted to on the test and that there could be a variety of different answers.
- I liked how the test gave you the opportunity to show what you know and not be limited to what was required. I could show what I knew and have my grade reflect that.
- I liked the freedom we had to write what we wanted.
- It actually measured knowledge.
- How we got to fill out the speech with our own ideas, and not just translating like we did last year.
- We got to talk about what we wanted too and it was not specific on every single word we have so say.
- I was able to learn and use what i new on the test. I could show you that I knew it.
- That there was more than one answer that could be right.
- You could write whatever you wanted to write. It didn’t tell you exactly what to write it just gave you guidelines.
Some students were comforted by having guidelines and others students wanted more freedom. Things that students “didn’t like about the assessment”.
- You told us what to put in each box instead of us picking what we wanted in the boxes
- That we didn’t get to choose what we got to write in the boxes
- It also made the assessment more challenging because we had to pull ideas out of our brain randomly.
For additional proficiency based exams, check out our catalog’s proficiency section.
I love buying magazines when I am in Latin America and seeing what I can use in the classroom. I have acquired a few issues of the Mexican teen magazine “Tú” and have found many of my students eager to look through the copies.
Good news. You can order a digital subscription. Give your students access to the latest in Pop Culture… en español!
Buenas noticias! ¡Ahora la revista Tú México en versión digital! Ya puedes tenerla en tu compu, iPad o iPod… Deja que tu mejor amiga te acompañe cada 15 días con lo mejor de moda y espectáculos, belleza, ligues, osos y divertidos test, pero ¡ahora en su versión más tecno! Suscríbete ya.
Disponible en: PC/MAC , Win8, Rim, Android, iPad
12 números por $16.00 US
or $1.50 cada edición
When you click to check out, you will need to set up an account with Zinio and from there you can send payment through paypal.
Issue of Tú: $1.50Students engaged with authentic language: priceless!
1. Authentic Resources of High Interest Topics
2. Connecting vocabulary to our students
One of my favorite units is teaching about food. You can probably tell from the number of resources I’ve shared dealing with Comida.
Here are some great input that will have students remembering key phrases and vocabulary related to the Spanish food unit. Also, below is our first ever caption contest.
Napoleon Dynamite clip en español.
“Estás muy gorda, pero sigue comiendo.
Tina, come. Cómete todo. ¡Tienes que comer!”
With lots and lots of input, they got most parts of the verb without ever having to put it in a verb chart. I never assessed them on what part of the verb they knew (such as a “fill in the blank” or “match subject to verb” or “conjugate this”), but rather on what they could do with the language (click here for an example of performance assessment with an emphasis on what students can do as opposed to just demonstrating grammar accuracy). My students were communicating, doing well, I was on a roll, I was invincible…
via Authentic input versus grammar drills, a case study.
Language Input determines Language Output
If we want our students to be able to “order at a restaurant”, then giving them the forms for the verbs “to eat”, “to order”, “to drink”, “to bring” in the present and past tense will not give them the necessary input for this skill. However, if we show them video clips and audio clips of people of people ordering food, images with captions of restaurant situations, and practice asking them questions that a waiter would ask and guiding their answers, then they are much more likely to be able to achieve this skill.
In addition to the resources available at the above link, we’ve compiled some additional resource to implement in your Spanish classes’ units for teaching La Ropa/La Moda.
El Estilo Fashion de Lea Michele
El Estilo Fashion de Taylor Swift
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We took slides that our students created as a result of our Futbol webquest and turned it into a bulletin board: We arranged them in order as the teams finished the previous season with Barcelona at the top as champions, … Continue reading
Ser With Adjectives Flashcards
Get your students practicing descriptions with this manipulative activity where students put together the correct flashcards to make the phrase. Copy the flashcards on three different colors of paper, 1 each for Subject Pronouns, forms of the verb ser, and another for the adjectives. Have students cut out the boxes and then they are ready to play!
Teachers calls out a sentence in English, such as “John and Mark are blonde.” Students have to use the correct pronoun for John and Mark (Ellos), the 3rd person plural verb (son), and the correct ending for rubio (rubios). Includes multiple versions of adjectives so students have to be careful to choose the correct ending.
Ready to print and use. Includes a list of 36 pre-made phrases to use and a set of full directions. Save yourself time by
Continuing with our futbol theme of 2013-2014, here are some infographics from the Mexican revista “Fútbol Total” edición agosto 2013.
Radamel Falaco, who has played club fútbol for Atlético Madrid in Spain’s La Liga, is a major component of getting Colombia to the World Cup in Brasil in 2014. Read about this tremedous goal-scorer:
Always a good debate: who are the 11 best Continue reading
Just discovered a cool new site thanks to @placido on twitter. It’s called Blubbr and you can take youtube videos and turn them into trivia “games” by adding questions. Makes videos into great listening activities.
And it couldn’t be easier!
1) Search for a video (I would suggest finding one on youtube first and then copy and pasting the name of the video)
2) You can make each question have a 20 second clip. So at the end of a clip, the students will answer a question.
3) You add the question with 4 multiple choice questions. Keep adding as many questions as you want, choosing a different clip of the video by cropping a new section (part 2)
4) Click Done and share the link with your class!
Here’s a quick one I created in less than 10 minutes: Continue reading