Avoiding Common Errors in Spanish: Subjunctive mood with activities II

By Maje

TemporalesHello everybody and welcome to a new post on the subjunctive mood and common errors in Spanish by English-speakers!

Today, we will give you some advice on how to explain the use of the subjunctive mood in time clauses. As we mentioned last week, our aim is to help students truly understand how to properly use the subjunctive mood.

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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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Transport in Spanish

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

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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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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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Catching Fire

Our Spanish Hunger Games and Catching Fire lesson plans get a mention in this great post for teaching resources on the trilogy from Linda C. Useful for EFL teachers!

From Surviving to Thriving

Cover of "Catching Fire (The Second Book ...

I am disappointed. I haven’t had a chance to see the new movie, Catching Fire. (Life happens.) But friends and students have shared positive reviews. The trilogy continues to be popular with middle and high school students. My previous post on Resources for Teaching with The Hunger Games continues to be popular, so I decided to share resources for teaching Catching Fire. If there are other free resources you have used or if you have ideas you would like to share please comment below.

Enjoy!

Aim higher in case you fall short.

― Pres. Snow, Catching Fire

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German Advent lesson plan

To start our new page of German MFL teaching posts, Britta has written about the beginning of the Christmas season.

By Britta

And you thought Halloween was scary... - Chantal

And you thought Halloween was scary… – Chantal

Not long now until the pre-Christmas season in the German-speaking countries starts. In fact, in Salzburg, Advent is starting today with the opening of the Christmas markets.

You will know all about the Christmas idyll, I am sure – hand-crafted Christmas decorations, gingerbread, Stollen and others foods typically eaten at this time of the year… However, there is a more scary side to Christmas and this is centred on the Nikolaus tradition in the German-speaking countries.

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Latin teen celebrities – Yr7/Level 1 lesson plan

by Britta, with a video from Sue

Latino teen celebrities

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What have Adam Irigoyen, Jake T, Austin, Jasmine Villegas and Victoria Justice in common? Answer: They are all young famous Hollywood celebrities and they all have Latin American roots. From Cuba over to Argentina and from Mexico to Puerto Rico, they all bring some Hispanic culture to Tinsel Town, and they all feature in Mary Glasgow’s ¿Qué Tal? magazine too.

Sue’s Year 7s have been working with the article ¡Uau! ¿Son Latinos?. As groups, they had to work out the meaning of the different paragraphs – as you can see and hear in the video.

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