Do you know about Dreaming in Spanish videos!?! There are TONS of them and they are EXCELLENT! Pablo Roman's videos are a student favorite for Tarea Semanal and they are a favorite of mine as well. I love reading what students write about his videos every week. And I have used them in my food unit as well (see here).
(Sidenote: If you and/or your students use his videos frequently, you should consider supporting him on Patreon! I do and I actually just updated my support to $5/month!)
This summer I worked to create nine activities to go along with nine of Pablo's Dreaming Spanish videos. The activities are aligned to six of the AP themes:
- Theme: Personal and Public Identities: Personal Beliefs
- Theme: Families and Communities: Global Citizenship
- Theme: Contemporary Life: Way of life
- Theme: World Challenges: Social Consciousness
- Theme: Science and Technology: Discoveries and Inventions
- Theme: Beauty and Aesthetics: Language and Literature and Architecture
Note: Even if you don't teach AP Spanish, these are very relevant themes to delve into!
I am sharing this activity sheet so that others can use it. It is very similar to the ones that I created for Nuestra Historia level 4 digital textbook. The activities go along with the video above "We don't have a tooth fairy."
I am teaching AP Spanish this year. It starts second semester, but I have Cultura y Civlización right now and that is a sort of pre-AP class for some of the students. So, those students will be doing all nine of the Nuestra Historia activities, plus this one for the video above.
So, why are these activities so excellent for AP preparation!?!
- Students have to listen to authentic audio on the AP test. That is very difficult! I have found that Pablo's Dreaming Spanish videos are an excellent bridge to get students to be able to listen to authentic audio.
- By watching his videos, students will gain a ton of cultural knowledge, which they will need, particularly for the Comparación Cultural portion of the test.
- Each of these activities end with a cultural comparison. For instance, in the activity for the video above, students have to compare el ratoncito Pérez with a fictional animal from their culture.
- Students get in the habit of listening to something more than once and gaining more comprehension and confidence after each time.
- These really are a fun way to get students to practice their interpretive listening skills.
And why are they so excellent in general?!?
- They are engaging!
- They are comprehensible!
- They are chock full of culture!
- Pablo is a native speaker, but he speaks slowly enough that students can understand him... and students gain a ton of confidence from that!
Click here to acces the activity sheet in Google Docs. Feel free to make a copy and edit.