End of La Liga

This year my students have each followed a specific Spanish-league team from the beginning of the season until now, the end of the season.
Students would track their scores on a weekly basis using a Google Docs spreadsheet. Now that the league has crowned a champion we are going to celebrate in class with year end awards. For students who were tracking Atletico Madrid, they will be awarded a trophy. You can find mini trophies for sale at hobby stores or dollar stores. I printed a label with the team name and “campeones” to place at the bottom of each trophy.
For the teams that are relegated, I picked up some yo-yos at the dollar store. Even though these teams are going down now to the second division they make be back up the year after.
I also wanted to give something to the teams that finished second through sixth place for qualifying for the European competition next season, but I have yet to think of anything.

La Liga Awards

Spain La Liga futbol WebquestFor more information about this project, check out our La Liga posts. We will also be updating our Spain’s La Liga Futbol Webquest this summer for the 2014-2015 year. You can buy it now and be able to download any new updates when they become available!

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Copa Mundial

World Cup Futbol Unit

Just finished this 12 page packet for the World Cup.

This 12 page packet features a 4 page webquest where students will find out information about the tournament, the teams, and its history. Also features 4 songs including the 2010 World Cup anthem by Shakira and 2 World Cup songs from this year 2014 Fifa World Cup as well as an inspiring song about Mexico’s national team.

Includes links to 8 websites for students to find information (or you can have your students find the information on their own) as well as links to 6 infographics, which are also included in this file.

The song activities include a link and qr code to the music video.

Not sure? Download the free preview by clicking “PREVIEW” underneath the pictures on the left on this page.

Don’t have time for a full packet? Check out our Copa Mundial Infographic, in which Copa Mundial Infographicstudents will answer 7 questions by looking at the 32 teams in this summer’s World Cup.

32 more days until Brazil and Croatia kick off the World Cup. Who are you rooting for?


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Don’t say Happy Cinco de Mayo

CNN Español (in English) What you need to know about 5 de mayo. My favorite line from this: “Don’t Say Happy Cinco de Mayo to a Mexican. We don’t say that.”

Fiesta for cinco de mayo

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At the end of the year, I go around as students are cleaning out their lockers and am able to collect a lot of packs of notecards. These come in quite handy throughout the school various for various activities. Sometimes, I will use them for a quick quiz. This week, I came up with an idea after a new vocabulary lesson.

I had the students write 3 questions using their new vocabulary. Students always need practice asking questions, and this allowed them to apply their new vocabulary words. As some students worked and others finished, I was able to help correct some students’ questions.

Notescards in FL

Then have all students stand up. You can ask a question to the class and have students raise their hands to answer. As each student answers a question correctly, they may sit down. This way you can be sure that every student answers a question.

Or you can direct the questions to students. Or you can have the class form two big circles, one inner and one outer and have students face each other. Have them ask each other the questions. They, rotate one of the circles until they talk to all their classmates in the other circle.

You could also collect the questions as an “exit” slip and see how well students can apply their new vocabulary.

What other strategies do you use with notecards besides having students use them as flashcards? Share below.

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Use your notes

Ok, I’m frustrated. There is nothing more aggravating when kids just sit at their desks because they don’t understand a word. Nope, instead of bothering to look in their notes, they would rather do nothing. And you would they would realize that I’m not going to tell them the word. They know my response is going to by “Look in your notes.” and yet day after day it continues. Today, I typed up the following sign and enlarged it on our poster marker to hang it up in the classroom. It’s on bright pink paper…. they probably won’t even notice it, but at least now I can just point to it, rather them wasting more breath.

Open your notebook
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Top 15 Apps for Spanish Class

These are a list of my Top 15 Apps that I have used with iPads in my Spanish 1 class. I have divided them into 4 sections. Language Apps allows the students to practice the Top 15 Apps para espanollanguage or see the language in real use. Production Apps allow the students to create a product, but by using the target language. Culture Apps allow students to explore culture and learn more about the places where the target language is spoken. Lastly, Management Apps are a way for the teacher to manage the class including turning in of assignments and posting information for the students. And best of all, all 15 of these Apps are FREE!

Language:  Spanish Language Apps

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Tellagami App

This app allows you to create an animated avatar that speaks. You can customize the look Animated Avatar Appof an avatar and create a background, and then you can use text-to-speech (for English text) or have students record their voice (great for foreign language class). It only allows 30 seconds of narration, so it can be used as a quick assessment or just for practice in class. This app is free on the itunes store.

I recently had my students write out their daily routines by filling in a blank 24 hour schedule for homework and then record themselves in class. With 30 seconds, many were not able to fit in their entire day, but it was the first time we used the app, so they were engaged in trying it out and it was just for practice. Check out this student example:

Spanish Speaking Tellagami


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Put in order

A good activity for students to practice new vocabulary or to check for understanding after reading is to have them arrange sentences in order. If you cut out sentence strips, this tactile activity is great for students to practice reading comprehension.

Arrange Sentences in Order

I also use these activity with song lyrics for listening practice as well. Download our free sentence strips for De Que Me Sirve La Vida by Camila.

After students have read an article, type out several sentences for the students to put in order as they happened in the story.

I also created this activity for students to practice reading comprehension in our daily routines unit where students had to arrange 15 sentences using such clues as time, the word depués, and linking vocabulary such as ending one sentence with “El va a la cafetería para almorzar” to the next sentence “Come mucho y ya no tiene hambre.”

Rutinas Diarias


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Sports Listening Video

This year my students have been following teams in La Liga. With the biggest game taking place over Spring Break, I used our first day back to watch a match recap and answer some questions in Spanish. I was able to download the youtube video and send it out on the iPads so that students could watch and listen at their own pace. Using iPads to listen to sports highlights in SpanishHere’s the video:

Resumen de El Clásico

  1. ¿Quién marca (scores) el primer gol: cómo se llama y qué número lleva en la camiseta
  2. ¿El primer gol de Real está marcado con el pie o la cabeza?
  3. ¿Cómo se llama el jugador del tercer (3) gol?
  4. ¿Qué color de camiseta lleva Real?
  5. ¿En qué minuto del partido marca Messi su primer gol?
  6. ¿Quién marca un penal? ¿Dispara (shoots) con el pie izquierdo o el pie derecho?
  7. ¿Cuál equipo recibe una tarjeta roja?
  8. En total, ¿cuántos goles marca Messi? ¿Cuántos goles anota CRonaldo?
  9. ¿Quién gana?

Read more about El Clásico. The league has their own Youtube Channel where you can get match highlights and news in Spanish. You can also do the same for other sports by using videos from ESPNDeportes.com or Deportes Univision. For those students who are sports fan, they can use their previous knowledge about the sport to help them understand the commentary in Spanish. Consider watching a segment or reading an article about March Madness, the NBA, NFL, MLB, or any other sports your students may be interested in.

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Lo curioso de cultura

Besides teaching how to communicate in a language, world language teachers also teach about culture and share our experiences from living in or visiting other countries. These stories also seem to fascinate the students. Students get to see how things work outside their own community and around the globe. Naturally, our inclination is to compare the unknown to our own experiences. However, I make sure to advise the students of their word choice. Many students question how things are done in other parts of the world and their first reaction might be: “That’s weird.” weird differentWeird has a judgement to it. I want my students to be accepting of other cultures and understand that things are not going to be the same as in the United States, because it is not the United States. Other cultures might deem what we do as “weird”, but that is our culture. Different is a not a bad thing.

Here are some example of cultural differences that my students have found interesting. Share your stories in the comments section below and we can all learn together.

1. Do you want gloves with that?
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