Language and Section: Spanish intermediate 01

Date: 14.02.2012

Class theme/topics discussed: S. Valentine

Goal of the class: Talk about love in Spanish and new vocabulary about it.

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

We started up with a warm-up. They explained me how this tradition is celebrated in the US and what people normally buy.
We brainstormed about Saint Valentine and talk about these concepts (Business, love, engagement…). They also asked some vocabulary (cursi, almas gemelas,comprometidos…)
Then I asked them if they knew where the tradition comes from. They didn’t know so I wanted them to read an explanation of it but after a student read the first paragraph I realized that it was going to be very difficult and boring. That is why I explained to them where the tradition came from.
After that I asked them to rank in pairs/three some adjectives and things that they thought are the most important ones in order to find a partner. (I gave them a paper with the adjectives). I asked them to imagine a character and take into account all those adjectives that they had ranked. After that we played speed dating representing the person that they have created.

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)
Paper and information from the Internet.

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

They seemed bored with the reading of the tradition, so I changed and explained it myself.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Unlike in advanced, here I did not tell them to write three questions that their character would ask to a potencial partner. That was an easier way to carry out the activity with advanced so I should have told them to do that. Without the questions the purpose of the activity was pretty blurry and did not make much sense.

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

– Inteligente 1.
– Rico/a 2.
– Buena salud 3.
– Persona amable/buena 4.
– Educado/a 5.
– Sexy 6.
– Honesto/a 7.
– Misma religión 8.
– Cultura similar 9.
– Personalidad similar 10.
– Mismos hobbies 11.
– Edad similar 12.