Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011
Date: September 9, 2010
Class theme/topics discussed:
Looking for a job.
How did you pick this theme or topic?
All the students have worked before and have some experience on the topic. They also plan to get a certain job in the future and therefore all of them can talk about this topic. It is common to all of them.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
They read a dialogue about the work situation in Spain to introduce the topic and come up with their personal experience. Then we brainstormed the vocabulary of unusual professions they did not know and finally they played a game in which they had to divide in groups, read the description of one job and the profiles of four candidates to the job in order to discuss which candidate was the most adequate one and why. It is a very good game which really worked.
How did students react?
It really worked. They liked to discuss which candidate was the best one for the position and they told crazy personal work stories.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes. All of them participated and talked in Spanish.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
– A handout with a dialogue of two people who are talking about the work situation in their country in order to introduce the topic
-Vocabulary: they brainstormed all the different professions they knew.
-Game: I gave them a sheet with the description of one job and the profiles of four candidates to this job.
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes. All of them can talk about it and the materials were really good to make them speak. They loved the game and talked about it for a long time.