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Lesson Ideas

Lesson Ideas

Here are ideas and lesson plans from educators who are currently using SpinTX. Please contact us if you have an idea you would like to share.

A collection of discussion activities for beginning Spanish heritage language courses

The activities are presented in three parts: Antes, Durante, and Después. These discussion activities can be used in both face-to-face or online courses. In our case, these exercises were originally created for online courses and presented as asynchronous interaction activities. When used in a face to face situation, the opportunities for student interaction and discussion increase.

Audience: 
Novice, Post-Secondary, Secondary, Intermediate, Heritage
Skills: 
Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Culture, Grammar, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpersonal, Interpretive
Setting: 
Classroom, Homework, Group or pair work, Online Class
Prep Time: 
15-30 minutes
Activity Time: 
15-30 minutes

A tale of two speakers: listening and comparing stories

Attribution: SpinTX team

Students listen to and compare two similar stories from different speakers.

Audience: 
Intermediate, Advanced
Skills: 
Listening, Culture, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpretive, Presentational
Setting: 
Classroom, Group or pair work
Prep Time: 
15-30 minutes
Activity Time: 
15-30 minutes

Circle the words you hear

Attribution: SpinTX team

This activity provides a simple yet interactive way to introduce students to or have them review vocabulary.

Audience: 
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
Skills: 
Listening, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpretive
Setting: 
Classroom, Group or pair work
Prep Time: 
5-15 minutes
Activity Time: 
5-15 minutes

Generating Quiz/Exam Content

Attribution: SpinTX team

Obtain real-world examples of target content for quizzes/exams.

Audience: 
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
Skills: 
Reading, Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpretive
Setting: 
Classroom, Online Class
Prep Time: 
30 - 60 minutes
Activity Time: 
15-30 minutes

Inspiring an Animated Discussion

Attribution: SpinTX team

Students listen to and then discuss a video with content relevant to the material being covered in class.

Audience: 
Intermediate, Advanced
Skills: 
Listening, Culture, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpersonal, Interpretive
Setting: 
Classroom, Group or pair work
Prep Time: 
5-15 minutes
Activity Time: 
15-30 minutes

Listening for Family History (for Healthcare Professionals)

Attribution: Sarah Jey Whitehead

Students will use family-related vocabulary to practice asking/hearing information about family history. Students will employ listening strategies to understand information about family history when patients aren’t answering specific questions. Students will create follow-up questions to ask patients about their family history.

Audience: 
Novice, Post-Secondary
Skills: 
Listening, Speaking, Writing, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpersonal, Interpretive
Setting: 
Classroom, Group or pair work
Prep Time: 
5-15 minutes
Activity Time: 
1 hour or more

Practice Quizzes: Listening and Grammar

Learners practice on their own with online interactive quizzes using video clips from the SpinTX archive.  

Audience: 
Novice
Skills: 
Listening, Grammar
Communication Mode: 
Interpretive
Setting: 
Homework, Computer Lab

Quiz your Classmates

Attribution: SpinTX team

Students prepare mini-quizzes for their classmates, and then take the mini-quizzes.

Audience: 
Intermediate, Advanced
Skills: 
Listening, Grammar, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpretive
Setting: 
Classroom, Homework, Group or pair work
Prep Time: 
30 - 60 minutes
Activity Time: 
30 - 60 minutes

Real-World use of the Rules

Attribution: SpinTX team

Students search for examples of the target grammar being covered in class, and explain it.

Audience: 
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
Skills: 
Listening, Reading, Grammar
Communication Mode: 
Interpretive, Presentational
Setting: 
Classroom, Group or pair work
Activity Time: 
15-30 minutes

Retelling stories

Attribution: SpinTX team

Students listen to a story and retell that story in their own words. The focus may be on the content or a grammar point, particularly the reviewing of verb tense.

Audience: 
Intermediate, Advanced
Skills: 
Listening, Writing, Culture, Grammar, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpretive, Presentational
Setting: 
Classroom, Group or pair work
Prep Time: 
5-15 minutes
Activity Time: 
15-30 minutes

Reviewing Ser and Estar

Attribution: Jared Abels

Students practice distinguishing / differentiating between the contexts of Ser and Estar, and also practice with the imperfect. 

Audience: 
Secondary
Skills: 
Listening, Writing, Grammar
Communication Mode: 
Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational
Setting: 
Classroom, Group or pair work
Prep Time: 
5-15 minutes
Activity Time: 
1 hour or more

Testing the rules

Attribution: SpinTX team

Students test the rules taught in the textbook by determining how frequently the are followed by native speakers in real life.

Audience: 
Intermediate, Advanced
Skills: 
Grammar, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpretive
Setting: 
Group or pair work, Computer Lab
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Activity Time: 
15-30 minutes

Through the eyes of Spanish speakers

Attribution: SpinTX team

Students compare their concept of a topic with that of Spanish speakers.

Audience: 
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
Skills: 
Culture, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpretive
Setting: 
Computer Lab
Prep Time: 
5-15 minutes
Activity Time: 
15-30 minutes

What would you say next?

Attribution: SpinTX Team

Students work on their understanding of pragmatic features through listening and speaking.

Audience: 
Intermediate, Advanced
Skills: 
Listening, Speaking, Pragmatics
Communication Mode: 
Setting: 
Classroom, Group or pair work
Prep Time: 
5-15 minutes
Activity Time: 
15-30 minutes

¡Que no pare la fiesta!

Attribution: Tina Dong

Students will be able to discuss celebrations, customs, and traditions in the Spanish-speaking world and compare these to their own traditions.

Audience: 
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Heritage
Skills: 
Listening, Speaking, Writing, Culture, Vocabulary
Communication Mode: 
Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational
Setting: 
Classroom, Group or pair work
Prep Time: 
15-30 minutes
Activity Time: 
1 hour or more