Offers podcasts for beginning and intermediate level students on a variety of different topics.
Based on podcast “El ladrón de bancos ”
Interpretive : Using the description given, students must sketch an image of the robber.
Interpersonal : Students sketch their own bank robber. They then sit back to back and describe the sketch to their partner for him/her to recreate.
Presentational : Students create a breaking news cast involving a petty crime at their school (i.e. theft of all erasers). Students will describe the crime, suspects and possible motives.
Based on podcast “Mi habitación”
Interpretive: Students can listen to the description of a room and draw the room or manipulate cut-out pictures to make the room floor-plan.
Interpersonal: Students can share five things they could not live without in their apartment. Students could assume the roles of vendors and buyers at a furniture store and would have to negotiate prices and either sell or purchase items to furnish their apartments. Students could also assume the role of an interior designer and convince their client to go $1000 over budget.
Presentational: Students can diagram and label a layout of their apartment. Students can describe the items and their placement to the class or to the teacher.
This site offers podcasts from Spain on current topics (e.g. Harry Potter and Facebook). Podcasts and sample worksheets are free. Other worksheets are available for purchase.
Interpretive: After listening to one of the podcasts, students can write
five true-false questions and be prepared to quiz a classmate. Another
activity would be for students to complete a worksheet that focuses on
specific vocabulary, content and Spanish difficulties.
Interpersonal: Students can complete an information gap activity.
Presentational: Students could respond to one of the podcasts either in
their own podcast, letter or e-mail to the speaker.
This site has podcasts categorized by level of difficulty and content. It also provides videos to go along with songs as well as exercises to check for listening comprehension.
Using podcast chapter #646 "La ONCE":
Interpretive: Students complete a matching activity based on what they have heard, discuss the logo that ONCE uses and answer other questions following the podcast.
Interpersonal: Half the students are given fake money. The other half have to come up with a "pitch" to convince a classmate to donate his/her money to ONCE in two minutes. They then switch partners and pair up with a different "wealthy" student. The students with the money will only donate to the student who most convinced them of the worthiness of his/her cause. Student having the money will give a report as to why the winner got their money.
Presentational: Students then have to create their own non-profit organization. They will make a brochure with the bullet points of their own organization.
This site provides many free and downloadable podcasts telling both fictional and non-fictional stories as well as some interviews.
After listening to the podcast #62 "El Otro Yo" by
Interpretive: Students will fill out a chart with personality traits. They would need to check off whether this trait applies to Armando (Yo) or the other Armando (el Otro Yo) as they listen to the podcast describing the two. Students could also answer comprehension questions pertaining to the story about the two personalities.
Interpersonal: Students take a personality questionnaire to determine if their personality is more like Armando (Yo) or the other Armando (el Otro Yo). After answering the questions they would pass their questionnaire to a partner who will then tally their results and let them know to whom their personality is closest. After they have decided which one of three personalities they have they will divide into three large groups. One group will be students with personalities like Armando (Yo), the second group will be personalities like the other Armando (el Otro Yo), and the third group will be a combination of the other two personalities. They will then take their own questionnaire answers and ask others the questions to see which student in their group has the most similar personality (the person with the most answers the same).
Presentational: As a follow-up activity to this podcast, students could read a fragment of "El Otro" by Jorge Luis Borges which also discusses a man and another version of himself. Students would first brainstorm a list of traits that their "other self" would exhibit (traits that people might not know they have in their personality, or traits they wish their personality had. Students then write their own story presenting a contrast between themselves and another version of themselves.