NOTE: This is part 5 of an ongoing series of posts modeling and explaining how to focus on the present subjunctive with a story-based approach and compelling, comprehensible input in a Spanish 3 class.
Reading this transcript of the story it may seem overly repetitive, but it is precisely this kind of repeated exposure, presented in a meaningful and engaging way, that will give our students a feel for how the subjunctive is used. They need more than rules. Students cannot memorize a language; they need to develop a feeling of correctness about when to use the subjunctive.
Once again we are stopping frequently to ask “What does ‘quiere que vaya’