Practice using colloquial language and expressions in Spanish
Practice expressing opinions, making predictions, and giving personal information in Spanish related to Chilean celebrities and gossip.
Students talk about what the most important celebrities are in the US, and the facilitator writes down vocabulary words that they use on the board. They are asked whether they know about any celebrity from a Spanish-speaking country.
Students watch a short clip of a Chilean celebrity (Nicole Moreno Luli). In groups, they describe the situation on the video and make assumptions on what might have happened before that video.
Jigsaw Gossip: Each group receives a different scandal from a Chilean celebrity, they learned the details, watch a short video on it, and talk about what they think about it.
After that, each person is placed in another group. That new group will have a participant from each previous group. The idea is that each participants shares the scandal with the others and they all give their opinion on them. They rank each scandal considering the celebrity that acted the worst.
In groups, students perform the favorite scandals in front of the class
Resources used: Youtube, Powerpoint presentation
Reflection: What worked/did not work? How can it be improved?
I didn’t know if students were going to be engaged, but after they saw the videos, they seemed very interested in gossip of these celebrities. They asked me a lot of questions about the details and they seemed to have fun creating possible scenarios trying to explain why that happened. In some ocassions, I had to remind them to use Spanish, because some cases needed extra vocabulary that they didn’t have, so I tried to be around and helped them as much as I could. If I did this class again, I would have extra vocabulary to provide them in order to support them while discussing.
Class theme/topics discussed: Celebrities and Famous People
Goal of the class:
Discuss vocabulary used to talk about fame
Learn about Russian celebrities
Create narration about someone else’s actions in Present tense
How did you structure the class?
Warm up (10 mins): Discussion I ask my students to discuss the following questions in pairs: 1) Would you like to be famous? Вы бы хотели быть знаменитым? 2) If you were a celebrity, how would you become famous? Если бы вы были знаменитым, в какой сфере? Как бы вы прославились? 3) Do you know any Russian famous people? Do you like anyone and why? Каких русских знаменитостей вы знаете / кто и почему вам нравится?
2. Activity 1. Qualities that people admire (10 minutes) I draw a person on the board and ask students for some help to give him a stage name. This person is very famous in Russia. Students should come to the board and write qualities that can be admired in a celebrity.
3. Activity 2. What are they doing right now? (15 minutes) Each small group writes the name of a famous living person on a slip of paper. The teacher will collect and redistribute the pieces of paper, one per group. The group must then write four sentences telling what the person is doing right now. The teacher will encourage imagination and creativity.
4. Activity 3. Game: Pairs of Famous characters (15 mins). In advance, the teacher will write names of famous people on pieces of paper. The names should each have a “match.” Here are some examples:
Матроскин и Шарик
Волк и заяц
Пятачок и Сова
The teacher will distribute the papers and instruct the students not to show the paper to anyone. Then, instruct the students to walk around the room trying to find their “matches” without saying the name of the person.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
Students loved the class. My intermediate group knows many Russian celebrities from their classes at Pomona, so it was easy to spend time naming and discussing them. The activity with writing sentences if very helpful for the Intermediate group. They seemed comfortable taking their time and writing down the sentences in Russian.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
If the group works very fast, at the end of the lesson you can play a game, where students write a famous name on a piece of paper and pin it on someone else’s forehead. Person tries to guess what name is pinned on his/her by asking others around the room yes or no questions.