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ES SP19 INT: Selling Objects

  • Language Resident Name: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • Day and Date: Monday, March 4th 
  • Language and Level: Spanish Conversation Intermediate
  • Class theme/topics discussed:

Selling things

  • Goal of the class:

To come up with an innovative product and sell it 

  • How did you structure the class? 
  • Ice breaker: Students are asked to talk with a classmate about their weekends. Then, they share their anecdotes with the rest of the class.
  • Activity 1: Individually, students are given a random object (a ruler, dvd case, pokemon cards) and are asked to come up with an innovative idea about said object. They sell this object creating their own campaigns to the rest of the class. The rest of the class prepare questions that the pair has to answer. 
  • What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
  • What worked well in this class? What did not work?

Students were really creative and enthusiastic with the activity. They worked individually as we only have six students in class. Even though they had a lower level than the advanced class, they came up with great ideas and with very good grammar and vocabulary.  

  • How could this class be improved/ modified?

The class worked out excellent. This works pretty well in an advanced class too. If the class was bigger, it would be better to make students to work in pairs so they can talk with someone while coming up with their idea.

ES SP19 INT: Connecting Random Topics in Small Talk

  • Language Resident Name: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • Day and Date: Wednesday, February 20th   
  • Language and Level: Spanish Conversation Intermediate
  • Class theme/topics discussed:

Improvisation

Connecting random topics

  • Goal of the class:

To improvise conversation based on random topics

  • How did you structure the class? 
  • Activity 1: In pairs, students come in front of the class. They have to choose two random topics from two pits on the table: one of them very simple (e.g.: “cheese”, “chocolate” or “pets”) and the other one complex (e.g.: “The Cold War” or “Plato’s Allegory of the Cave”). They have to start a conversation with the first topic and find a way to get to the other topic without forcing it. 
  • Activity 2: Following the same idea as before, students are assigned a different topic each. One of them starts talking about their topic. Then, when the time is right, someone else takes over the conversation with their topic and so on until everyone gets to speak. 
  • What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
  • What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The class worked out quite well. Students had fun and were very creative on coming up with ways to connect the topics.

  • How could this class be improved/ modified?

The class worked out pretty well.

ES SP19 ADV: Mini Debates

  • Language Resident Name: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • Day and Date: Thursday, February 7th 
  • Language and Level: Spanish Conversation Advanced
  • Class theme/topics discussed:

Mini debates

  • Goal of the class:

To have mini debates

  • How did you structure the class?  
  • Class is divided in three groups, one consisting of two persons (the jury) and two big groups of four persons each. One topic is given, and both groups are playing against each other, whether it is for the statement or against it. Students present their arguments in 5 minutes and then the jury decides. Another statement is given to the students, this time a little more serious. Statements go from “Birkenstocks and socks are a good look” to more serious ones. 
  • What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
  • What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The Activity worked out very well. Students were eager to debate even about “dumb” topics. It also gave an opportunity to discuss serious issues within American society. The format was really appreciated by students too.

  • How could this class be improved/ modified?

The class worked very well. 

ES SP19 ADV: Latinoamérica – Calle 13

  • Language Resident Name: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • Day and Date: Tuesday, January 29th
  • Language and Level: Spanish Conversation Advanced

  • Class theme/topics discussed: Latin American history, Latin American music
  • Goal of the class:

To promote talking through small talk

To get to know about Latin-America through music

  • How did you structure the class? 
  • Ice Breaker: In pairs, students talk about the question “With what historical figure would you have dinner with?”, so they can practice conversation. We follow up by sharing their answers and working on questions regarding vocabulary or grammar. This is to activate their Spanish conversation abilities before moving forward.
  • Activity 1: We listen to the song “Latinoamérica” by Puerto Rican duo Calle 13. Students pay attention to the lyrics and topics in the song. Students get the lyrics with highlited topics.
  • Activity 2: In pairs, students are assigned one theme tackled in the song Latinoamérica alongside a set of questions related to the topic. They are related to the life, history and culture of the subcontinent. They are asked to research on the topic and present it to the rest of the class. (Refer to the appendix to see the topics). 
  • What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)
Latinoamérica – Calle 13
  • What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The class worked out very well. Particularly in advanced, students are really eager to talk to each other, so the first activity worked out quite well. The second activity worked out well too, but this activity requires more than one class.

  • How could this class be improved/ modified?

The class worked well. Maybe it is important to consider two classes to work on this instead of one.

SPA S19 Cultural Event “Volver”

SPA S19 Study Break – Arroz con leche y plátanos fritos

SPA S19 INT Fear

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

José Gómez

Day and Date:

02/04/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Spanish advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:   Fear

Goal of the class: Learn vocabulary about fear and express emotions

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (10’): Students get asked about Fear and the things that they feel fear about.

Activity 2(15’): Game of Fear. Students get different situations and they react and show what they feel about them. Instructions in Spanish below.

Activity 3 (10’): Students listen to the audio of a scary movie video. They only hear it and have to hypothesize about it.

Activity 4 (5’): Students see the video, comment upon it and confirm their hypothesis.

Activity 5 (20’): Students get some slips of paper with different situations of risk. They are asked to say how they would react to those situations. After that, in groups of 3. They have to choose one of their situations and propose an alternative ending to it.

What technology, media or props did you use? (Internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

I needed to print out many tags for the fear game. 5 for each student.

I also printed out a A3 paper of the fear scale

Slips of paper with the different fear situations to make hypothesizes

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

The game of the fear was fun. It was not as exciting as I thought it would be but they did learn the structures that I had as part of my objectives so I am satisfied. I will choose other items to talk about fear next time to make it more appealing.

If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

Spanish Instruction of the fear game

Instrucciones del juego del miedo

1) Imprima la primera página, el medidor de presión, en formato A3 y las páginas 2 a 4 en formato A4. En la página 4, hay un conjunto de 5 tarjetas diferentes para expresar sus temores, imprimirlas y recortarlas para que cada alumno tenga un lote personal de 5 tarjetas diferentes (en una página, ya hay 3 muchas cartas). Luego recorte los papeles pequeños en las páginas 2 y 3 que representan las “cosas que tememos”.

2) Coloque el trouilómetro en el centro de la mesa. Da un juego de 5 tarjetas para expresar los temores de cada estudiante. Luego, coloque los papeles pequeños en las páginas 2 y 3 (las cosas que tememos) en una pila, boca abajo al lado del medidor de presión.

3) Elija un alumno que comienza el juego. Él devuelve un pequeño papel “cosas que tememos”. Su objetivo es adivinar la respuesta más probable que harán otros alumnos a la pregunta “¿Cuánto le teme a eso?”

4) Para esto, cada uno de los demás alumnos elige en secreto una carta de su mano que determina su nivel de miedo en este tema. Luego lo coloca boca abajo en el centro de la mesa.

5) Cuando cada alumno haya jugado una carta, mezcle y tome en su mano el paquete así formado. Luego pídale al alumno que sacó el papel que lo coloque en el esfigmomanómetro, bajo la respuesta que parezca más probable en el grupo. Pídale que justifique su elección (por ejemplo: “Creo que la respuesta más probable para el” calentamiento global “es” un poco asustada “porque la gente se preocupa un poco por este problema, pero no le preocupa sus vidas inmediatas, por lo que son un poco indiferentes y por eso tienen un poco de miedo de eso)

6) Luego revele las tarjetas elegidas por los otros estudiantes. Si la respuesta que ha elegido es la más común entre las respuestas de otros alumnos, gana un punto. En caso de igualdad entre 2 respuestas, dale el punto de todos modos.

Los otros estudiantes pueden, si lo desean, dar su punto de vista sobre las respuestas propuestas. Déjalos debatir juntos si surge la necesidad.

7) Luego, el alumno de la izquierda toma el mismo proceso: devuelve un pequeño papel, no vota, pero trata de adivinar la respuesta más probable, etc.

Cuando cada alumno haya desempeñado el papel principal tantas veces, finalice el juego y cuente los puntos. Dé simbólicamente la victoria a quien tenga más puntos y quien haya mostrado más empatía.

Esta es una manera elegante de hablar sobre nuestros miedos sin expresarlos directamente en público, evitando así la incomodidad que este tipo de tema puede generar en el aula.

ES SP19 Cultural Event Flier: Mon Laferte Concert

SPA S19 ADV Weather

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: JOSE GOMEZ

Day and Date: 02/19/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: The Weather

Goal of the class: To practice weather vocabulary, describe atmospheric phenomena and give their own weather forecast

How did you structure the class?

Warm-up: (10’) Describe the weather in a picture as best as they can

Activity 2 (5’): Students divide in 4 groups.

Each group gets a different picture. They have to give at least 6 activities they could do with that weather, using the conditional tense in Spanish “I could go on a hike because it is sunny”

They have to put the weather flashcard that fit depending on the picture. In a sunny picture they would attach It’s hot, it’s warm, it’s sunny, it is daytime, sunset… and so on

Students present their pictures and the others have to guess which flashcards they used for their pictures, removing them as the other guess them

Activity 3:

Students see a video of a weather forecast in Spanish.

(10’) Students are given a blank map of a country. They have to look up in the internet the current weather forecast for that country. Fill the map with the symbols, and prepare the forecast. They have to use the expressions that they have learned. They must include the use of the conditional, describe activities that they could do, and new vocabulary properly.

Then, they present their own weather forecast.

Music while they present: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxIsWauHEyc

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

  • 6 handouts with weather-related vocabulary
  • 3 sheets with Celsius-Farenheit
  • 11 word search activities
  • 6 print blank country maps for the presentation

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

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

– Handout with weather expressions

– Word search activity for the warm-up

– Maps for the weather forecast presentation:

  • Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain
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ES SP19 Study Break Flier: Fiesta Mediterranea

SPA S19 ADV Work

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

José Gómez

Day and Date:

02/21/2019

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Spanish Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Unemployment, politics, Spain.

Goal of the class: To review vocabulary related to politics, economy and the job market. To discuss and raise awareness about the current political and financial situation in Spain.

How did you structure the class?

Head’s up: cultural events

Warm-up (10’): Memory game about professions

Students will be divided into two groups and handed a set of cards with professions. They will have to play a memory game and say the name of the profession aloud every time they uncover one card.

Activity 1 (video and discussion)

  1. (5’) Students will be asked what they know about the employment situation in Spain.
  2. (10’) An interactive short film will be shown on the screen. The video is called “La Entrevista” “The Interview”. The video is interactive as it stops at some point to prompt student’s reactions and guesses. It also includes some hints on vocab to facilitate comprehension.

The video tackles the topic of the over qualification at companies and how desperation pushes people to happily take any job that is under their skills. It all happens throughout a job interview in which the boss is clearly taking advantage of this precarious situation.

  • Students will also make notes on the questions the boss asks as they will use them in an activity later on.
  • (10’) Discussion Feelings

What do you think is the main topic of the video?

What is wrong?

What does it say about the situation in Spain?

How could a society improve that?

Does it happen in your country?

Do you think that the fact that she is a woman influences the position?

Is it common in your country to see men as the boss and women as secretary or cleaner?

Activity 2 (20’) (JOB INTERVIEW/role play): In pairs, each student will take a role. One of them will be a manager, and the other one will be interviewed for the job. For this activity students will have some resources on how a job interview is carried out. Additionally, they will get a handout on the table with accurate questions so that they can improve their grammatical structures as well as their fluency.

First, they will prepare their role (one of them will prepare the profile of the candidate, and the other one will prepare the profile of the employer/company)

Then they will have an interview, at the end, some of the people will show their interview in front of the class.

What technology, media or props did you use? (Internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

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

This was one of the students’ favorite class since it allowed them to speak all the time, improve their grammar, as well as raising cultural awareness of the job situation in Spain.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I think this class works very well, sometimes it can take longer and might be split into two classes.

If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

Find attached below the possible job interview questions that I have given them in a handout

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ES F18 Cultural Event Flier

ES F18 Orientation and Welcome Party

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ES FA18 Orientation and Welcome

ES FA18 Cultural Event: Día de los Muertos, Hollywood Forever Cemetery

ES FA18 Study Break: Completada

ES F18 INT: Future

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Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: JOSE GOMEZ

Day and Date: 11/11/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Spanish Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed:Habits, and future.

Goal of the class: Review vocabulary about daily routines and talk about future events.

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1 (5’):

Students review quickly the grammar forms in the future.

Activity 2 (25):

Students are shown a video with different clips. Each clip stops and students has to make a prediction of what is going to happen. All the video are supposed to be funny and bring up creative predictions.

Activity 3 (30’)

Now that they have practice the future and have made predictions. Students get a crystal ball to predict the future to their classmates. They get the story cubes in order to help them create stories. They need to stick to the structures required for this speech act.

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

Powerpoint presentation

16 sheets of paper with visual material

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

The activity with the video turned out to be very fun and entertaining for the students. The story cubes activity was also really fun, they came up with crazy stories and they managed to product the correct structures. They had visual aid the whole time on the screen in case they forgot the form.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I had to divide this class in two because it took too much time.

 If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

ES FA18 INT Jeopardy

  • Language Resident Name: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • Day and Date: Monday, November 26th   
  • Language and Level:Spanish Conversation Intermediate
  • Class theme/topics discussed:  Vocabulary, games, pop culture
  • Goal of the class:

To play games to review and acquire new vocabulary

  • How did you structure the class? 
  • Activity 1: with the help on an online webpage, students play a game of jeopardy to review and acquire new knowledge on vocabulary, grammar and pop culture.
  • What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

Super Teacher’s Tools http://www.superteachertools.us/jeopardyx/jeopardy-review-game.php?gamefile=2522676#.W_Sf1C2ZOt8

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

Even though I thought out the activity as an ice breaker, we ended up playing the game for the whole class. It helped to tackle some vocabulary and grammar doubts and to learn some interesting facts about pop culture. It is very important to follow up each question with some explanation or discussion in regards to students’ doubts.  

  • How could this class be improved/ modified?

The class worked out well. 

ES F18 ADV Rosalía (Spanish culture and music)

ES-ADV-F18-Rosalía

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: José Gómez

Day and Date:

09/18/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Spanish advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:  

.Goal of the class: To learn and discuss about traditions in Spain.  To discover new music artists in Spain

How did you structure the class?

Activity 1:

Students get a piece of paper with prompts to discuss about their musical taste

They stand up and walk around asking each other

Activity 2:

Students are asked the features that a good artist needs to have. We write those words in the whiteboard

Activity 3:

Students look up the artist Rosalía on Instagram. They describe what they see and what they think of her.

Activity 4:

We brainstorm different elements from the Spanish culture. Students are guided with a powerpoint presentation in order to get them to discuss about semana santa, bullfighting, suburbs…

Activity 5:

Students watch the Malamente music video by Rosalia. They have toidentify the elements we have learnt before. Then we discuss how they arerepresented in the video and figure out the meaning of the video.

Activity 6:

Now that students are more familiar with the artist and the imagery. We discuss about elements that are relevant also in the US. Cultural appropriation and Rosalía.

Activity 7: If there is time, we watch another music video by the same artist that shows similar topics, and discuss the different elements portrayed in it.

What technology, media or props did you use? (Internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

We used prompts to bring up the topic at the beginning of the class.

We also used a powerpoint presentation to bring the imagery of the artist to the classroom and make it more fun to engage in the topic.

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

This class worked very well with advanced students because they really liked the artist. They could see and discuss elements from the Spanish culture that they were already familiar with, and put them into a different perspective. After this class, this artist became a recurrent topic in class, students would follow her progress and the new material she was releasing. It was a fantastic resource for them to bring Spanish home and keep practicing. 

If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

There is a PowerPoint presentation attached.

ES F18 ADV Fear

ES-ADV-F18-Fear

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name:

José Gómez

Day and Date:

10/13/2018

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):

Spanish advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:   Fear

Goal of the class: Learn vocabulary about fear and express emotions

How did you structure the class?

Head’s up (FLRC Open House) (5’)

Activity 1 (10’):

Students get asked about Fear and the things that they feel fear about.

Activity 2 (15’):

Students get some phrases to react to different things that might make them be scared. They comment on them using the vocabulary that they are given.

Activity 3 (10’):

 Students listen to the audio of a scary movie video. They only hear it and have to hypothesize about it.

Activity 4 (5’):

 Students see the video, comment upon it and confirm their hypothesis.

Activity 5 (20’):

Students get some slips of paper with different situations of risk. They are asked to say how they would react to those situations. After that, in groups of 3. They have to choose one of their situations and propose an alternative ending to it.

What technology, media or props did you use? (Internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

We used slips of paper with prompts.


We used Youtube and a PowerPoint presentation

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

Most of the students really enjoyed the class since it somehow brought some suspense. Also, they could be creative with the stories at the end which they enjoyed a lot.

Some of the students are not into scary things, so they felt a bit uncomfortable at times, but I gave a disclaimer at the beginning of the class and they were fine with it.

If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

ES FA18 INT Careers and Jobs

  • Language Resident Name: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • Day and Date: Monday, December 3th 
  • Language and Level:Spanish Conversation Intermediate
  • Class theme/topics discussed: Jobs and Careers, Résumés
  • Goal of the class:

To discuss and explain job related vocabulary

To create a résumé. 

To go into job interviews.

  • How did you structure the class? 
  • Warm up: Students are asked to discuss in pairs about their dream job and then to share this with the rest of the class. 
  • Activity 1: Using a handout, students get acquainted with a résumé in a Spanish speaking way. Vocabulary and structures are explained. 
  • Follow up 1: Students, using a template, are asked to complete a résumé with their own information.  
  • Activity 2: Students have one on one job interviews among themselves. They are asked to switch roles or partners every two minutes. 
  • What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

Handouts

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

The activity worked out well in class. However, not everything went as planned as students had plenty of vocabulary and structure questions. What interested them the most, were how names full name are composed in Spanish. This took us a long time and we ran out of time, but it was definitely very fruitful and entertaining for both parts.  

  • How could this class be improved/ modified?

The class worked out well. We ran out of time, but because of good reasons. What it is included in this lesson plans is what would work in a well timed class. 

ES FA18 ADV Argentinian Spanish

  • Language Resident Name: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • Day and Date: Tuesday, November 27th    
  • Language and Level:Spanish Conversation Advanced
  • Class theme/topics discussed: Gender violence, Argentinian accent
  • Goal of the class:

To discuss gender violence in the Latin American context

To analyze the Argentinian accent.

  • How did you structure the class? 
  • Activity 1: Students watch a PSA video against sharing personal pictures online. The video is from Argentina and the dialogues have a strong Argentinian accent. 
  • Follow up: A set of questions about the topic is discussed and pairs and then in the class. 
  • Follow up 2: A set of questions about the Argentinian accent are discussed in the class. Students pose questions and doubts in regards to the dialect. 
  • Activity 2: In groups, students enact a given situation using the Argentinian accent and dialect.
  • What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

Handouts

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

Bringing audiovisual material always works well in class. Analyzing both, the topic and the Argentinian Spanish, worked out quite well as students could get acquainted with a less standardized Spanish. Even though the topic might be a little bit difficult or even triggering for some people, students were able to provide their insights while being responsible about it. 

  • How could this class be improved/ modified?

The class worked out quite well as it was. Though, it is always important to ask the class whether the topic might be triggering or make them uncomfortable. 

ES FA18 ADV Telenovela

  • Language Resident Name:  Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • Day and Date: Tuesday, October 2nd
  • Language and Level:Spanish Conversation Advanced
  • Class theme/topics discussed: Acting, telenovelas, use of pronouns
  • Goal of the class:

To analyze and discuss Telenovelas as cultural resources 

To act in a telenovela skit

  • How did you structure the class? 
  • Activity 1: we watch an extract of the 1998 Mexican telenovela “La Usurpadora”. Students are asked to pay attention to the tone of the clip, the relations among the characters and the whole plot of it.
  • Follow up 1: we discussed the questions and pay extra attention to relationship markers, such as the use of “Tú” vs. “Usted”.
  • Follow up 2: students are asked to enact a common situation, such as “order a coffee” or “first date” with the same tone and melodrama shown in the clip. 
  • What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

Handout

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

The activity worked quite well. Students were able to test their listening comprehension and also have a little peek to Latin American culture. This class would work pretty well with intermediate students too.

  • How could this class be improved/ modified?

The activities and the timing worked out pretty well. 

ES S18 Spanish dinner, cultural event

ES S18 MOVIE NIGHT FLIER

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