Avoiding Common Errors in Spanish: Subjunctive mood with activities III

By Maje

RelativasWelcome back to the subjunctive mood. 😉

Today we are dealing with another common error in Spanish: subjunctive mood with adjectival clauses, the ones we use to modify a noun in the main clause. For example: “I work for a company which publishes books and magazines.” Continue reading “Avoiding Common Errors in Spanish: Subjunctive mood with activities III”

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La oruga hambrienta – la comida lesson idea

By Sue

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 09.40.27 Hola! Here are just some of the Hungry Caterpillar stories by my yr 7 students.

All yr 7 students have completed this work, all to differing standards, but the vast majority have produced some outstanding work.

Top set yr 7 have used the past tense, comió, dormió, se construyó but have still been totally engaged.

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Spanish Tongue Twister

By Britta

Picture 3Tongue-twisters are great fun.

Although difficult to articulate properly, tongue-twisters are a useful tool for the Spanish classroom too. The main thing is to keep it light.

In that spirit, Chantal and Maje have created a tongue-twister video. Why not get your students to speak after Chantal?

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Avoiding Common Errors in Spanish: ‘to meet’ in Spanish with activities

QuedarBy Maje

A Spanish version follows.

Hello everybody!

We hope you have had a great weekend!

During the past few weeks, I have been talking (a lot) about Spanish idioms, Spanish & Latin American vocabulary and Spanish grammar. And also about our online news articles! I love them because students can leave comments and that means we get to know the most common mistakes speakers of other languages make in Spanish! I must confess that I truly enjoy collecting them as knowing what they are is the first step to help students to overcome making mistakes.

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Las Comidas

By T

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Here we have a post by one of Sue’s students:

Hi! I am T and this is my post! I am in 7H at Ormiston Horizon Academy. Nice to meet you. First let me tell you about myself… My name is Theepiga, call me T. I live with my mum, dad and my nine year old brother Theepikan. I have 5 best friends… Ellie, Bailey, Julia, Aliye and a friend in London Praveena.

Currently we are learning about ‘Las Comidas’ which is ‘food’. Food is a very fun topic. Today we did a piece of writing on ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ writing down all sorts of food which the hungry caterpillar had eaten.

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Winter Sports

By Maje

SochiThis is the last week of the Sochi Winter Olympics!  Are you enjoying the Games? This week, we have published an online news article on Julia Lipnitskaia, the youngest woman to take home a gold medal in this year’s Winter Olympics. She’s just 15 years old! We think it might be helpful to create a lesson plan on Sochi.

In Sochi 2014, there are 7 official winter sports and 88 countries competing for medals. In Spanish, we have translations for most of the Olympic sports but for some of them we just use English words. See below an infographic on Sochi Olympics and winter sports that you can display on the interactive whiteboard and use as part of your lesson plan about sports.

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Ropa Limpia-project – Yr 11/Level 3

By Sue

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You can download the article and the accompanying teaching plan below the cut

This week I’m starting the Ropa Limpia project with one of my GCSE groups.

Last week we looked at Tattoos, and their social impact and stigmas, and this week it’s the fashion industry.

I’m going to follow the lesson plan as in the Teacher’s notes, including some YouTube videos of working conditions in foreign climes.

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Gustar and Preferir

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

gustarbotonThis month, Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday (see a free Spanish news article and audio on Facebook’s 10th anniversary on the Mary Glasgow website). The Spanish version was launched in 2008 thanks to a team of volunteer translators. Since then I have always encouraged my students to use Facebook in Spanish so that they can experience learning a language in a kind of “immersion environment”. Facebook is also great to teach the infamous verb “gustar. We spend most of our time on Facebook liking stuff so why not do it in Spanish?

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Spanish Football/Soccer Idioms

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

Expresiones idiomáticas fútbolFootball (fútbol in Spanish) is a very important sport in Spain, a key part of Spanish culture, and it features in many idioms and colloquialisms.

This week, I have written an article with podcast on El Balón de Oro, one of the most important football awards in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo, a Real Madrid player, has won the Balón de Oro and has presented the trophy to the fans at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, in Madrid. In the article I wrote for El Sol level, I used the Spanish sports expression rematar la faena. As we want to help our readers develop vocabulary skills, I have created an infographic with more Spanish sports idioms, focused on football.

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Current news for Spanish learners with podcasts … and it’s free

By Britta

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 09.55.11Do you like your students to be up-to-date with what’s going on in Spanish-speaking countries? Are you looking for graded articles that mirror what’s in the News? Are you looking for such a resource, hoping that it is free?

You are at the right place. At es.maryglasgowplus.com  we publish a topical news story at three proficiency levels together with a read-along podcast of the articles each week.

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Transport in Spanish

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

Tren¡Buenos días!

We hope you have had a great weekend. Today is Monday and we are all back in the office or back at school! While I was waiting for the bus this morning, I was reading this lovely MGM article, Al polo sur…¡en bicicleta!, and wondering how I could help Spanish students to remember the correct prepositions for means of transport. In order to help you, I have created the following infographic that you can display on your white board and/or classroom blog, which might be handy when explaining this to your students.

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Oona Chaplin article with Year 11 Spanish class

By Sue

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 13.24.34I have never watched Game of Thrones, but reading Facebook as I do and listening to the students, I thought it might be good to use the article. I read the learning outcomes in the teaching resources (download below the cut) and just tweaked them slightly for my group.

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Need help convincing children to take GCSE Spanish?

By Britta

Download the article after the cut

Download the article after the cut

As everyone who is involved in language education knows, there are many good reasons why learning a foreign language is important and beneficial to students’ careers, brainpower and social understanding. But again as we all know learning a foreign language takes time and dedication and it can be hard to convince pupils that persevering with it will benefit them in the end – especially when the foreign language has to compete with other subjects over inclusion in students’ GCSE subject lists.

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Clean off Your Desk Day and the Imperative for Year 11

By Maje

Am I keeping my desk tidy? What do you think? :)

Am I keeping my desk tidy? What do you think? 🙂

¡Buenas tardes! 🙂

Have you ever heard of the “Clean Off Your Desk Day“? It takes place every 2nd Monday of each year as a way to start the year with a clean and tidy desk.

We have created an infographic with some advice in Spanish on how to keep your desk tidy. You can use it to revise the imperative mode with your students whilst you are telling them how to keep their desks tidy…So I guess this is what we call in Spain ‘matar dos pájaros de un tiro‘ (‘to kill two birds with one stone’-see more Spanish proverbs with animals here). 

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Year 7 using The Hobbit article to describe people

By Britta

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 09.23.21Sue’s Yr 7 have been writing using The Hobbit article and thoroughly enjoying it too! The article is all about physical description, introducing body features and matching adjectives.

There is a reading  text and a gap fill activity where students complete model sentences of how to describe a person. They then answer questions on the reading material before building sentences with their personal information (download the article below the cut).

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Los Reyes Magos with worksheet on Spanish nouns changing their meaning

By Maje

Maria¡Hola! My name is María Jesús and this is my first day at MGM. So exciting!! I am going to be the new Spanish editor and I hope you enjoy my posts for this amazing blog.

Today we celebrate the Day of Reyes Magos (The 3 Wise Men) in Spain and in South and Central America (even in the Philippines!). Have you ever heard about this tradition? Children receive presents by the three “Reyes Magos” on the morning of January 6 and there is also a type of cake associated with the festival of Reyes Magos: la rosca de Reyes!

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9 Spanish proverbs with animals – activity

By Britta

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 09.49.21Animals feature in many proverbs, idioms  and phrases. Funnily enough for many of these a cultural equivalent exists in other languages.

I have a long standing fascination with proverbs and their translations into other languages.

Below are nine Spanish proverbs featuring animals and I am pretty sure that you will  know most of them from your own culture.

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Marché de Noël/Christmas market – lesson-plan

Picture 1There are about 25 notable Christmas markets or Marchés de Noël in France. Among these the traditional Christmas market in Strasbourg is the oldest and one of the largest. It dates back to the 16th century and spreads from the place de la Cathédrale throughout the city.

In our French beginners’ magazine Allons-y !, we have an article about the Christmas market in Strasbourg. It provides a glimpse into the magical world of its market stalls and local produce. It also gives information about the history of the town itself.

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Year 7 looking for conjugations of “Vivir” in the article ¡Vivimos aquí!

by Britta

photo 3Sue’s Y7 students are doing detective work: They are looking for conjugations of “Vivir” in the article ¡Vivimos aquí!

I always thought this is a great starter to learning verbs: familarizing oneself with the way its conjugations look through discovering them in an authentic text.

Additionally, knowing the various ways a verb can look is a great tool for accessing written texts. It’s a fantastic reading tool. See how many conjugations your students can find in our article!

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Catching Fire – article and lesson plan!

HungerGamespicHave you watched the new Hunger Games film yet? We wrote about it in our November/December issue of Ahora. It’s a big hit with teens world-wide, we’re sure your students would love to have an excuse to talk about it in class!

And yes, it comes with a lesson plan.

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