viernes, 17 de mayo de 2019

A new *appropriate* series: Go! Vive a tu manera

Want something to talk about with students!?! Check out the series Go! Vive a tu manera on Netflix. 

It is super cursi, but also pretty engaging. My AP students and I are (very slowly) watching it now and we are kinda love-hating it (well, at least I am!). 

It is set in a boarding school, St. Mary, that has a special program for the arts called Go!. The school is in Argentina, so my students are hearing and seeing (Spanish subtitles) a ton of that Argentinian accent and the voseo (which I love because I studied abroad in Buenos Aires). 

And it is rated PG! There are no swears and no nudity! Yay! Check out the trailer here.

So, we are watching, pausing (a lot), and discussing as we watch each day. We have been spending 20-30 minutes a day doing this and it is going very well. After each episode, they will fill out this sheet (feel free to make a copy and adapt) and we will discuss that as well. 

I am considering using this show with my Spanish 3s at the end of the year (I am done June 25th). With them, I will probably do "Write and discuss" each day and then do Textivate with the text that we create. I might also use this sheet (slightly adapted from the one above).

viernes, 10 de mayo de 2019

La graduación = La libertad

Have you seen Álvaro Soler's new song/video "La libertad"? I love it and here is why:
  • Álvaro Soler sings it and students like everything that he does.
  • It has a great message.
  • It is catchy.
  • It is super repetitive.
  • It is pretty comprehensible.
  • The vocabulary that is not comprehensible is excellent for students to acquire: aguantar, hogar, picaba, parar, olvidé, más allá, acaba de... among others. 
  • The video is very appropriate (with the exception of a few quick shots of some drinks that may or may not be alcoholic).

I am currently teaching my AP Spanish class with some special seniors (four that I have had for this full year for 85 minutes a day, four that I traveled to Ecuador with this past summer,  and one that I have had for four different classes) and some special juniors too... so when I saw this song, I thought it would be a perfect connection to graduation... because:
  • Graduation from high school = (some) FREEDOM! 
So I wrote up a little story (it is very basic and possibly kinda lame) that incorporates some of the lyrics from the song. I also made a few activities with the song lyrics. You can find it here, make a copy and change it to fit your school.