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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.  


Spanish Obsessed

This site provides many podcasts on a variety of interesting topics divided into four proficiency levels: total beginner, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Podcasts can be downloaded and most have a transcription available to listeners.


Using the podcast "Beginners 13: Habits and Customs"

Interpretive: Students fill out a chart with the expression and the contextualized sentence used in its explanation. Also, students receive a calendar with activities on it and they need to answer questions using the adverbs of frequency they have learned. For example they would look at the calendar and determine how many times per months Juan goes to a restaurant.

Interpersonal: Students complete a mingling activity in which they are filling out a bingo card with a phrase and one of the expressions with "Find someone who...drinks coffee once a day" or "Find someone who...never eats chocolate"

Presentational: Students create a little book. On each page of the book they have one of their new phrases, a sentence that uses that phrase and an illustration of that sentence. For example, "Una vez al año", "Ella visita a sus abuelos una vez al año".