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Author: Katherine Pérez

ES F19 Festival La Placita

ES F19 INT/ADV: Social Media


Spanish Conversation Class – Intermediate/Advanced

Language Resident Name:  Katherine Pérez Gutiérrez

Class theme/topic discussed 

  • Social media

Goal of the class 

  • Practice vocabulary related to social media
  • Compare and contrast different situations usually found in social media
  • Create new social media platforms 

Class’ structure

  • Attendance (2 min)
  • Warm up:  What do you know about social networks? What words come up to your mind: Students create a Menti Word cloud with words they would use to define social media. Most interesting words are chosen and discussed by everyone: Would you use this word as well? Why? Where in social networks do we see it reflected the most? (10-15 min)
  • Input: Video + Survey: I show students a video that talks about uses, advantages and disadvantages of social network uses. Followed by a discussion: Do you agree with this? How many of you do this kind of things when on the internet? We also talk about a survey that shows which are the most common social platforms used in some Hispanic countries. They discuss and compare to the US (5-7 min)
  • Activity 1: Toteking – “Redes Sociales” music video. Students watch half of the video and, as they are watching it, they have to check at least 2 critiques the singers makes to social media. Afterwards, they get three short statements from they just heard. In groups they discuss they statements to finally report their discussions to the class (10-15 min)
  • Activity 2: Made-up social media platform: After giving an example of  a social media platform my sister and I created, in groups of three, students have to create new social platforms using either of the criteria provided in the table (they can also add new ones). They have to consider three different categories: Topic, target audience and functions. Also, they have to create a name and a logo for their platforms (15-20 min)

Resources used

Reflection: What worked/did not work? How can it be improved?

  • I did this class at the beginning of the year so students felt more comfortable working in groups at first. For Activity 2 you have to be careful not to take that much time giving an example about what they have to create because the activity itself already takes a long time. They had a lot of fun with activity two and you can even do a jury like activity in a following class where they all have to grade each other’s platforms


  • Social networks table
Categoría Público Funciones
Compra y venta Lifestyle Educación
Adultos +30
Jóvenes Niños Animales
Fotos y videos
Transmitir en vivo
Mensajería directa Música
  • Grading Table
Grupo N




ES F19 Día de los muertos Flyer

ES F19: Welcome & Orientation Flyer

ES F19 INT: How do they look like?

Language Resident Name:  Katherine Pérez Gutiérrez

Class theme/topic discussed: People’s physical appearance.

Goal of the class: Learn vocabulary to describe someone’s physical appearance.

Class’ structure

  • Attendance (2 min)
  • Warm up: In small groups, students brainstorm words related to physical description. They also answer: What do you think about when talking about physical appearance? How would you describe your closest friend? How would you describe yourself? (3-5 min)
  • Input: I show students a picture of my friends and I give a mini description of almost each one of them. Students have to give a mini description of 2 people in the picture, who I haven’t described yet. (5-7 min)
  • Activity 1:  “Una mujer fantástica” trailer: Students watch the trailer of the movie and describe the main character’s appearance (height, hair, age, etc) in small groups. Then, they whole class comment on the description and add more traits to have a more detailed description of the  movie characters’ (5-7 min)  
  • Activity 2: In pairs, students describe each other. One by one, students get a paper with a classmate’s name written on it. They have to give a description of that classmate so that the rest of the class guess who are they taking about (emphasize that the descriptions have to be hard enough for the class to not guess immediately right after) (5-7 min)
  • Activity 3: Detective role play: Each student get a picture of someone who “has gone missing”. One of the student is a detective and the other one has to tell how does the person missing looks like. The “detective” draws the person who is being described. Both students get to be a “detective” using one different picture each. After having done this, each group describes their partners’ picture and we all get to compare and see how accurate the description was (15-20 min)

Resources used

Reflection: What worked/did not work? How can it be improved?

  • The activities worked okay. Activity Nº2 worked fine because the class was small, but it could also be done with smaller groups in a larger class. The topic could have been developed in a bit more depth with a more complex activity to make it a bit more challenging.

ES F19 ADV: Migration

Language Resident Name:  Katherine Pérez Gutiérrez

Class theme/topic discussed: Migration.

Goal of the class:

  • Talk about current immigration affairs (both on a personal and general level)
  • Practice the use of past tenses (preterite & preterite imperfect) 
  • Practice storytelling (1st & 3rd person)

Class’ structure

  • Attendance (2 min)
  • Warm-up: Students and I go over the talk we went to on the previous class (“Commonsense Racism and Latin American Mobility in the Time of Trump”)  and comment a bit on what the speaker said.  In small groups, they start discussing: What where some common phrases used by Trump? What group/s of people is he usually referring to when talking about migrants? Why do you think people leave their countries? Which ones are the largest groups of migrants in the US? Do you have any idea about immigration in other places, like Chile?  (5-7 min)
  • Input: 1) Students look up on their phone where do people who migrate to Chile come from. After discussing their findings, I showed them a video about a Foundation in Santiago. During the video they had to answer: When was the foundation created and by whom?Around  how many students and volunteers where participating there? What was the role of the more advanced students?

2) I also talk about how my experience working in that foundation was. (5-7 min)

  • Activity 1:  In groups, students tell each other wether or not they have had any experience related to migration, and, if so, they share it to one another. Afterwards each group share their stories with the whole class, but each student has to tell one of their classmate’s story. (10-15 min)
  • Activity 2: Aporofobia (fear and rejection towards poverty and poor people): Students look up the meaning of that word and comment on it. They have to answer: Have you seen an example of that in the U.S? Where? When? Does that sound similar to what I’ve told you about Chile? (5-7 min)
  • Acrivity 3: “Linguistic barrier”: I read a paragraph from a news article about Haitians in Chile and how language is a barrier for them as well. Students comment on that as well, comparing and contrasting U.S. situation with Chile’s one (5-7 min)
  • Activity 4: Migration explained with kitties: I play a video that explains Central American migrants situation with kitties. In groups, students answer some questions related to the video:  Why are they using cats to explain the migratory situation? Why do Central American migrants travel in caravans? What are some of the issues they face along the way? Mention 3 reasons why they leave their countries. (10-15 min)

Resources used

Reflection: What worked/did not work? How can it be improved?

  • .The class worked really well in spite of how sensitive the topic can be. If you emphasize that they should not feel pushed to share anything they don’t want to, as long as you pay attention to how students are feeling, the class should work just fine.

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