domingo, 17 de febrero de 2019

Radio Ambulante Listening Guide: Éxodo

I love the podcast Radio Ambulante! If you haven't listened to it yet, I highly recommend you check it out - it is excellent story telling from all over the Spanish speaking world!

I have used it in the past in my AP classes (here and here) and there are lots of ways to use this in class. For instance, Bethanie Drew's Listening Guide and lots from Barbara Davis.

But for my listening guide, which students will do over their February vacation (they need to be listening and reading over that break!), they will listen and read this episode: Éxodo. The episode is about Venezuelan and it is heartbreaking and informative. As students listen, they will fill in the blanks (keeps them reading and listening), answer questions (personal and comprehension), illustrate, translate, and reflect.

If you want to use the guide, click here.

Here are the AP Themes and Subthemes this episodes touches upon:

AP Temas: Los desafíos mundiales, La vida contemporánea, Las identidades personales y públicas, Las familias y las comunidades

AP Subtemas: Los temas económicos, La población y la demografía, Los estilos de vida,La enajenación y la asimilación, La estructura de la familia, La ciudadanía global, La geografía humana

Also, Martina Bex's readings about Venezuela would be an excellent thing to do before this podcast.


lunes, 11 de febrero de 2019

Un año... puede que...

I love this song! It is very comprehensible, appropriate and compelling. 

I had been wanting to write a story for it and use it for a while, but I am working on a big project and haven't had as much time to work on things like this. But, then comes Martina Bex to the rescue! See her wonderful, long, satirical post here (she is brilliant!). So, I am going to use the story that she created, along with Sr. Wooly's Una canción original. 

And then, we will go on to this song, "Un año" by Sebastián Yatra and Reik. The song uses the expression "puede que" (maybe, perhaps) a couple of times, so I decided to make up a little activity with that structure. Students will have to guess what is happening in each of the nine pictures before we watch the video. It will be a fun way to start with this song. The doc also has more screenshots to talk about after the guesses, the song lyrics, a translation, and a cloze activity.





martes, 15 de enero de 2019

A cuento/canción for Intermediates: Tan Bien

Update: 1/28/19 - Laurie DeLand took the story that I wrote and made a slideshow. Click here to access it and/or make a copy or see here:

Laura Sexton and Sharon Birch recently shared new music on their blogs and one song really grabbed my attention: Tan Bien by Lit Killah (what a name...) and Agus Padilla. 

I love the song and I think students will too! 

Stories always make the song much more meaningful and comprehensible. I created this story below (or click here for a better view) for my Intermediate students, but I have run out of steam (due to working a pretty big other project) to create any other activities (like here). But if anyone wants to collaborate and/or help out, let me know... or go ahead and take it and adapt it (obviously don't sell it -- yup, I have to say that!).

Some things I would add (and might end up doing in the future):
The story includes biographical information about the two singers - who are 18 and 17 -- so young that they don't even have Wikipedia pages yet!

I also took screen shots out of order to create the story. And, of course, I included structures and vocabulary directly from the song. So after spending some time with the story, they will better understand the song.

Important note: If you use the story, WAIT to show them the video! Play the song as they enter or the week before, but don't show them the video - it will take away some engagement and joy!