Notes in Spanish

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.



Spanish Phone Conversations

A resource put together by the Defense Language Institute which provides many phone conversations in different dialects of Spanish (Argentinian, Cuban, Ecuadorean, Honduran, Mexican and Peruvian). Conversations can be searched by dialect, level of difficulty or topic.

Interpretive: Students are presented with three categories Person, Place, and Thing. After listening to a teacher-selected recording from Spanish Phone Conversations, students have to guess the Person (dialect), Place (places mentioned in the podcast) and Thing (the main things mentioned in the conversation). If the task is too difficult, students are given options within each category to guide their selections.

Interpersonal: Students sit back to back to act out a phone conversation given one of the same categories (e.g. Finances or Daily Life) presented on the Spanish Phone Conversations site.

Presentational: Student focus on two different dialects presented in the site (Argentinian, Cuban, Honduran, Mexican, Ecuadorean, or Peruvian). Then they are given a 5-6 line dialogue (e.g. Hi how are you? Fine…and you?) and have to rehearse the dialogue in the two dialects, then present to the class. The class must guess which dialogues were selected.





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.

Based on podcast chapter #646 "La ONCE":

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.