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ES S11 Study Break – Churros

ES S11 Study Break – Arcade Night

ES S11 Off-Campus Play “Bodas de Sangre”

ES S11 Movie “Abrazos Rotos”

ES S11 Study Break – Tortilla

ES S11 Study Break – Altar Muertos

ES S11 INT/ADV Tapas

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013

Date: 03/15/2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
SPANISH FOOD: LAS TAPAS

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It is a well-known Spanish tradition and it served as an introduction for the topic of the first Study Break: Spanish gastronomy. Las tapas.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I used a hand out to brainstorm vocabulary and a hand out with three conversation games about food.

How did students react?
Students liked the game. All of them are familiar with the food of any Spanish-speaking country because all of them lived in a Spanish-speaking country last year.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes. They talked a lot and they enjoyed the games.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Three games.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
All of them could talk about it and exchange their personal opinions about food.

Adv14

ES S11 INT/ADV Spanglish

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: SPAN011

Date: 03/12/2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
THE SPANGLISH

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It is very interesting since we all hear Spanglish everyday and it is linguistically controversial to some extent

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I gave students a newspaper article on Spanglish to comment on it and hear their opinions about the usefulness and linguistic accurateness of Spanglish. I gave them different examples of Spanglish and they had to guess the meaning in Spanish. Finally they had to answer some question on the topic

How did students react?
They found it interesting since they are all familiar with it and they all knew some -American Latino friend who spoke Spanglish and they liked to talk about personal anecdotes with the use of Spanglish or about some celebrities who speak Spanglish

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
A newspaper article, examples of Spanglish and a sheet of questions

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, because it is interesting, but it may be a bit difficult for the intermediate group. They need some help.

Spanglish1
Spanglish2
Spanglish3

ES S11 ADV Housing

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013

Date: 03/10/2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Housing in Spain

How did you pick this theme or topic?
They wanted more practical classes so we decided to continue with living in Spain and how to find an apartment.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I brought a map of Granada with different areas and different real posts for housing. I also created 5 profiles for people looking for an apartment and they had to match it.

How did students react?
They loved the idea and found it very helpful.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they engaged pretty well with each other.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Map and descriptions.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!!!

Why or why not?
They really enjoyed it and thanked me for the class.


Adv13-PISO 1
Adv13-Estudiante 1

ES S11 ADV Jobs for the summer

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013

Date: 03/08/2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Summer Jobs

How did you pick this theme or topic?
They wanted more practical classes so we decided to continue with looking for jobs for the summer and sending emails to the posts.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I brought some different possibilities for jobs during the summer and we looked at them and wrote emails asking for a position or for more information.

How did students react?
They loved the idea and found it very helpful.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they engaged pretty well with each other.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Jobs.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!!!

Why or why not?
They really enjoyed it and thanked me for the class.

Summer opportunities

ES S11 ADV Job Interviews

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013

Date: 03/03/2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Job Interviews

How did you pick this theme or topic?
They wanted more practical classes so we decided to continue with job interviews in Spanish.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I brought some Cvs and job offers, so some people would be the interviewers and others would be the interviewees, then they had 5 minutes to convince the other person that they were the appropriate person for the job.

How did students react?
They loved the idea and found it very helpful.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they engaged pretty well with each other.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
CVs and Cover letters

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!!!

Why or why not?
They really enjoyed it and thanked me for the class.

CV1
CV2
CV3
Ofertas de trabajo

ES S11 ADV Job Hunting

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013

Date: 03/01/2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Job Hunting

How did you pick this theme or topic?
They wanted more practical classes so we decided to work on their CVs and Job hunting in Spanish

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We started redacting an email asking about a position and showing interest. After that we worked on their CVs in Spanish and created a cover letter during the first class.

How did students react?
They loved the idea and found it very helpful.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they engaged pretty well with each other.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
CVs and Cover letters

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!!!

Why or why not?
They really enjoyed it and thanked me for the class.

ES S11 INT/ADV Cadavre Exquis

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013

Date: 02/24/2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Cadavre exquis

How did you pick this theme or topic?
They like creative writing and this was a fun activity.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I just explained them how it works and gave each of them a piece of paper to start a story, about a paragraph, that the next ones will have to continue writing.

How did students react?
They liked it a lot! They thought it was fun.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they engaged pretty well with each other.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Just paper.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
It was a nice class and the stories that came out were fun!

ES S11 INT/ADV Playmobil

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013

Date: 02/22/2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Playmobil

How did you pick this theme or topic?
We have the playmobil figures outside and I thought it could be fun to play with them.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We had to create stories with the playmobil figures.

How did students react?
They liked it a lot! They thought it was fun.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they engaged pretty well with each other.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Playmobil figures.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
It was a pleasant and calm class where they talked a lot.

ES S11 INT/ADV St. Valentine

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 02/15/2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
LOVE, feelings and emotions.
Telling stories

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It is Saint Valentine Day and everyone can talk about love.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First I asked students general questions about love and about any fun Saint Valentine anecdote. Then we wrote valentines to send them to other people in the class.

How did students react?
They liked it a lot and they made up very good valentine cards.

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 page with vocabulary to describe emotions and feelings

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
They liked it!

ES S11 INT Tourism

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011
Date: 01/29/2011

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.

VIAJES
VOCABULARIO Viajes
VIAJE 3

ES F10 INT/ADV Traditions

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 12/02/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Traditions

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It was the last class, so we decided to talk about traditions during Christmas.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We went to the Coop, got coffee and cookies and talked in a very relaxed way about these traditions.

How did students react?
They enjoyed it very much, especially the treats.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
List of traditions.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
They learned a lot of different traditions while having fun.

Int26-Tradiciones navideñas típicas de países hispanohablantes

ES F10 INT/ADV Iron Chef

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: SPANISH ADVANCED CONVERSATION CLASS

Date: 11/02-04/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Iron Chef!

How did you pick this theme or topic?
They talked about how much they like cooking, and it is an opportunity for them to learn some Spanish recipes and to talk about Spanish gastronomy.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
This is a two hours long class. In the first hour they had to look for recipes with the secret ingredient I gave them (of course in Spanish) and in the second hour they had to cook for themselves (learning all the new vocabulary in Spanish and present their dishes to a jury who would choose the best of the dishes among the participants. Students could talk about food or any other topic they wanted to come up with.

How did students react?
They enjoyed it a lot and asked me for more classes like this one

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Ingredients for a cooking.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!!!!!

Why or why not?
It is fun, they like it, it helps to build a community sense and it gives students the opportunity to talk about any topic they wish.

ES F10 INT/ADV Jeopardy

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 10/26/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Jeopardy

How did you pick this theme or topic?
We’re getting close to the end, so I thought it would be fun to see how much they have learned by doing it in a fun way, playing Jeopardy!

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I split them into groups and we played following the general rules of Jeopardy.

How did students react?
They loved it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did, they love competition.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Ppt.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!!

Why or why not?
They learned a lot during the whole semester, this was a good way of seeing this.

Int22-JeopardySP

ES F10 INT/ADV Pronunciation

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 10/21/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Pronunciation

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Pronunciation is really important, and students needed to improve theirs.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We started with a few tongue-twisters to move on to some websites where you can learn how to pronounce the “r” and other difficult sounds. Finally we practiced the linking between the words with a song.

How did students react?
They liked the song and the tongue twisters and they thanked me for the links.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Song with empty spaces.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
They learned a lot and improved their pronunciation.

Pronunciacion
Tabla de sonidos
Sin miedo a nada
Ni una sola palabra

ES F10 INT/ADV Song+Past simple

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 10/05/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Past (Singing)

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Many of my students have problems using the past and differentiating it from the other forms of the past, so we decided to do a class to work on the past and I found the perfect song for it.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We talked about stories in the past as an ice-breaker and then moved on to the song.

How did students react?
They liked the song very much and learned the irregular forms of the past. They worked very well in pairs.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Song with empty spaces.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
They learned a lot.

Int15-Ya No sé qué hacer conmigo Letra
Int15-Ya no sé qué hacer conmigo

ES F10 ADV Poetry

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013

Date: 09/28/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Poetry

How did you pick this theme or topic?
We are going to have poetry during the special dinner, so they can work on it.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First we started with an exercise to put verbs in the subjunctive form (it was a poem) and then we read poetry.
I split them in groups and each group had to discuss what their poem was about. Then I put 1 menber of each group together and have them explaining to the other what their poem was about. Finally we read them out loud trying to pronounce it perfectly.

How did students react?
Some loved it, others not so much… but in general they liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they engaged pretty well.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Poems.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes. It’s nice to challenge them every now and then.

Why or why not?
They like poetry (not all of them) and it’s something different.

Adv10-No te salves
Adv10-Hagamos un trato

ES F10 INT Ser/Estar

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, SPAN011

Date: 09/28/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Stories + Ser-Estar

How did you pick this theme or topic?
They struggle a lot with Ser-Estar so I thought it would be a good idea to have a class on the differences between these two verbs and also the different meanings.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
We brainstormed the differences between the verbs and then we played the ppt. After that they had to create a story using as many ser-estar verb forms as possible.

How did students react?
They are not very eager to learn grammar, but they appreciated being reminded of the differences and having some more practice. In the end the stories were fun!

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Ppt.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
They learned a lot.

Int9-Ser vs. Estar

ES F10 ADV Ley de Murphy

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: SPAN 013
Date: September 25, 2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
MURPHY’S LAW. ARE YOU PESSIMISTIC?

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Murphy’s law is funny and talks about simple bad things that have ever happen to everyone. It is good to tell your personal point of view about events, life… and to tell personal stories

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I gave students different flashcards of Murphy’s laws and they had to say if they agreed with his perspective of things or not and to tell a personal story related to the law they picked up

How did students react?
They liked the game and the topic. Most of them could explain the quotations well and most of them told personal anecdotes.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Flashcards with different Murphy’s laws

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes. Students had fun and they talked a lot

Murphy

ES F10 ADV Gay legislation

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: ADVANCED SPANISH, SPAN013

Date: 09/21/2010

Class theme/topics discussed:
Gay Marriage

How did you pick this theme or topic?
There was a talk about this topic and my students wanted to talk about it.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First we talked about the laws in both the United States and the Spanish speaking countries. Then, one of my students, who was organizing the talk, took over and moderated the debate for and against gay marriage and whether or not gay people should be able to donate blood.

How did students react?
They love this kind of debates and this one was especially intense and great!

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they did!

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Just a debate.

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!

Why or why not?
They love debating and if it’s a controversial topic it’s even better!

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