Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013
Class theme/topics discussed:
Introductions and music.
How did you pick this theme or topic?
Even though this was the second lesson, the best thing was to start with a game about them so that they would feel more comfortable to talk to each other. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work, so I decided to pick something for the second part of the activity that the surely would like. In this case a video of Shakira.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I made a little introduction and presented the game we were going to play.
Game: They needed to stand up and look among their partners and me for somebody who had done some of the things listed in the grid. They needed to ask questions and be able to answer them as well.
After that, we decided to play a video of Shakira (las de la intuicion) and fill the blanks.
How did students react?
They really liked both games. They were really happy not being just sit and everybody loved asking questions to the other. They also liked the video (the audio-visual material helps a lot) and were really into the game.
Did they engage with each other and you?
In the end, everybody knew everybody’s name and they wanted to hear Shakira’s song over again because they liked it and to make sure they had fill in the blanks ok.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Please attach a copy.
See next page.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
It was a very funny game that they liked. They also learnt each other names and they wanted more videos, maybe next time with a boy for the girls. (They love Spanish and Latin-american music, so they were glad of having it as part of a “subject”).