Conversation Class Lesson Summary
Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente
Day and Date: 10th September
Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Spanish Advanced
Class theme/topics discussed: Regional festivities (1)
Goal of the class:
- To know about the different festivities that take place in different parts of Spain.
- To invent their own festivity.
How did you structure the class?
- Warm up: Students brainstorm about Spanish festivities that they have heard about. Afterwards, they see a map of Spain with stereotypical features of the different regions to appreciate how the stereotypes change in the different cities. They match some of the Spanish regions with sentences that describe those stereotypes.
- Activity 1: Students see some of the typical festivities that take place in some parts of Spain. It will serve as example for the following activity.
- Activity 2: Students receive a handout with a table about different elements that are needed to describe a festivity (when, where, what, why, etc.) and one card describing the main element of the festivity (e. g. tomatoes). They invent their own festivity filling the table.
- Activity 3: They share their festivity with the rest of the class and see how the real festivity is (in this case, la tomatina), being able to compare it with their invented ones.
- Extra final activity: Students walk around talking to each other about their favorite festivity in the US.
What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
- PowerPoint Presentation
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
- They really enjoyed watching some videos of the festivities, since some of them were really unique. They also participated very actively while inventing their own festivity.
- The invention of the new festivity took less time than I thought, so we had enough time to do the extra activity and they were able to talk about their favorite American festivities. Some of them insisted that there were no such festivities in the US, but still they had nice conversations with each other.