Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011
Class theme/topics discussed:
A general overview on two different Spanish countries through travel and tourismo: Mexico and Costa Rica
How did you pick this theme or topic?
I thought it would help them to understand the diversity of the Spanish Speaking countries and to arise some interest in them.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First I gave them an introductory worksheet with questions about traveling which they had to discuss in pairs.
Second we revised a list of vocabulary useful for the topic of traveling and tourism
Third, I grouped students in small groups and gave them two different worksheets with information about Mexico and Costa Rica. They had to read it and brainstorm all they know about these countries. Then they talked among themselves to design a tour around these countries and reading it out loud for the rest of the class. Finally the class had to say which tour they liked the most and why.
How did students react?
They loved it and enjoyed it a lot.
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.)
1. A sheet with questions introducing the topic
2. A list of vocabulary
3. Two information sheets. One about Mexico and one about Costa Rica
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes. They loved it and all of them had something to say and share it with the rest of the class.