Darmok This is an activity sheet based on a classic Star Trek the Next Generation episode, that is dearly loved by language teachers, where Captain Picard learns to communicate with an alien captain via storytelling and shared metaphors (or more precisely, analogies and strategies). Show the episode to your class when you have a sub, or just can’t…
This activity is referenced, of all places, on the German Wikipedia page about Star Trek!? Check it out here. The link for this activity is at the bottom of the page in the Einzelnachweise Bearbeiten section.
Eres Tu Valentine’s Day Activity
This is sort of an “Occupy Valentine’s Day” activity for the 99% of students that do not have a romantic partner and feel awkward and unwanted on Valentine’s Day. It includes the original song Eres Tú by the Spanish singing group Mocedades with guitar chords, 2 cloze activities for the original song, and lists of disagreeable words in Spanish to help students make up new, non-romantic lyrics.
FUNNY PLACE NAMES
Spice up your stories with these unusual places in the USA that actually exist.
Nicknames in Spanish
Enough with Paco and Maria already. Give your students meaningful and descriptive names.
Songs All Spanish Students Need to Know
Cliches? Maybe. But your students still need to know these songs because they’ll be around long after the latest pop tunes are forgotten. These songs may be the only thing your students remember from your class in 15 years. They’ll also be able to sing along with mariachi bands and feel like geniuses.
SONGS–Dia de los Muertos & La Llorona Start teaching these songs a week or two before Día de los Muertos.
ONE PAGE “ADS” FOR THE WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSROOM DOOR
You know those one page ads you see taped to posts and stapled to bulletin boards, especially on college campuses? The ones with the little tear off strips? I have been experimenting with some funny ones and putting them in Spanish. The idea here is to use high frequency words (sheltering the vocabulary, but not the grammar) in a fun way to get students’ attention and to get them to read it over and over because it is so ridiculous, funny or stupid. They are also great conversation starters once students are in the classroom.
DERECHA Y IZQUIERDA POSTER
Check to see if students understand left & right as well as their abstract thinking. Will this really avoid traffic jams at the classroom door?
HAS VISTO ESTE GATO
Another cat poster. Could this be the continuation of the old “Cat Story” by Blaine Ray?
HELLO HOLA LIONEL RICHIE & WALDO
This one has Lionel Richie giving Waldo a dirty look.
Hello Hola Lionel Richie
This one is Lionel Richie alone (Lionel who?) with the lyrics to “Hello?” in Spanish for students to tear off.
SE BUSCA AYUDANTES
Every evil genius needs minions! Join up!
QUISIERAS TENER UN PAPELITO
Who doesn’t need a little tiny lift?
ES ESTO TU GATO
Mistaken identity cat.
If you can not read Spanish, you can find the translations to the posters here.