Authentic Instagrams

We are always looking for authentic resources to use in our lessons. Right now, instagram is the social media of choice for students. We found an instagram full of authentic quotes that pertain to students, especially regarding school. What a great way for kids to read authentic texts and be engaged.


Ways Instagram could be incorporated in foreign language class:1. Print the image and make a bulletin board.
2. Insert the images into a powerpoint. Go over in class, or print out handouts and have students read them.
3. Post image to class IG account (or blog or edmodo) and have students comment.
4. Have the students create their own images using an app such as PicCollage or a website like RedKid Sign Generator.
5. Have students search on instagram for vocabulary words and have them comment with a common hashtag that the class can see if they look up that hashtag.
6. You can also use these images as part of your vocabulary. Students don’t need to study the grammar concept to be able to figure these out.

Here’s two more ideas with ways that Spanish teachers are using Instagram in their classroom:
1. Caption their own fotos in Spanish and have a conversation.
2. Desafio Instagram: Instagram ELE Challenge, where students use particular hashtags.

Without further ado, we present our favorite, classroom appropriate images from queboletaoficial, an account managed by a group of teenagers from Colombia. If you know other similar accounts, please let us know in the comments.

como estas en clase el profe borra dibujabas el sol la respuesta no esta sumar cosa facil leer mas lento separar en clasemejor red afuera

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Spanish Teacher in Chicago. Have studied or traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Uruguay. Have taught level 1 at middle and high school levels. Degree in Spanish and Master's in Teaching and Leadership. Blogger
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13 Responses to Authentic Instagrams

  1. weens11 says:

    Great idea! I will try this maybe at the beginning of the school year with my middle schoolers!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Fun! Looking forward to trying with my 4th grade Spanish Immersion class

  3. burguito says:

    just a heads up…that iG page has some curses and currently advertises a vaporizer…

  4. Maggie says:

    These are hilarious! Thanks!

  5. This is a great idea, and I did offer this last year.

    NOTE on point #5 — Hashtags will only link up to a picture if the actual poster puts the hashtag. If I find another picture out there and put a hashtag’d word in a comment, that picture will NOT link up to that hashtag. So it might not work having a common class hashtag. I tried that, and it flopped, until I went into an IG forum and discovered that.

    What COULD be done is to TAG a common handle name.

  6. Mel Moore says:

    Any recommendations on good Instagram sites to follow as a Spanish teacher? Or any I could recommend my students follow?

  7. I have this available on Teacherspayteachers for free!

    Search for “Instagram Handles in Spanish”. Probably not the most exhaustive one, but enough to get students plugged in.

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  9. Teascha says:

    hi! I’m confused as how to create a class Instagram account. I just created one using my teacher info and followed a bunch of the suggested accounts from the article. But now thinking about it, the students will only see my posts, not the posts of who I am following. Right? How can I get them to see everything in my feed? Thanks!

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