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Por vs. Para Telenovelas – Student Work

I promised that I would have student sample work for you from our “Por vs. Para” Telenovela video project and, let me tell you, you will NOT be disappointed.  These amazing students did an UNBELIEVABLE job in making a pretty boring grammar concept into dramatic and fun telenovelas.  Check them all out by clicking on the image below!

 

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Who Are You Calling a Drama Queen?

Ok, so, if you know us in the #niplang department, we love our theatrics and drama.  The more outlandish and outrageous we can be, the better.  Overacting?  YES!  TOO MUCH AT TIMES?  Well…  Our mantra is: whatever works, we’ll do it.

As you also may know, big changes have occurred in #niplang’s approach to teaching world languages.  We are putting an increased emphasis on speaking and listening with the goal of increasing fluency and promoting communication skills.  This skills-based approach has created a new batch of competent, confident speakers who can communicate effectively with others.  However, as much as we have evolved in our language instruction, sometimes, we just have to get back to basics, especially with some important “boring grammar stuff, ” like POR vs. PARA and SER vs. ESTAR.  Differentiating between using ser or estar (the verbs “to be”) in the proper context can be very challenging.  Likewise, deciding between por/para (prepositions than can mean for, by, because of, per, in order to, etc.) can be nearly impossible without a formal introductory lesson.  Unless you learn the proper grammar rules, you can end up making some serious unintentional errors that could significantly change what you are trying to say.

But how do you make a boring grammar lesson fun?  With a little drama, of course!  Next week, students in Level 3 Honors Spanish will begin creating video “shorts” that contrast the uses of ser/estar and por/para.  So, how is this fun, you ask?  Haven’t we done enough videos?

In groups, students will have to execute their series of (10), 10-second video shorts..in the style of an over-the-top, dramatic telenovela such as:

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Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 5.40.04 PMComplete with unnecessary close-ups and overreacting, students have to (over)act out these videos in Spanish, include English/Spanish text subtitles, and articulate their reason for using each respective word in context.

Knowing how creative my students are, I can’t wait to see how these videos turn out!  Check back soon for some sample student work.

 

 

 

 

 

So, how does our ridiculousness help us in our classrooms you ask?


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¿Quieres bailar conmigo?

They say music is the universal language…  The students in Spanish IV can tell you that!

Spanish culture has a rich history of diverse music and ecclectic dance.  From salsa to bachata, the tango to the cumbia, Spanish dance is a fascinating source of cultural pride and personal expression.  So…how do you actually LEARN a Spanish dance?

Level 4 students have been exploring what a “mood” is in a language and how important it is to be able to utilize these “moods” to communicate effectively and authentically.  The imperative mood is the “command” mood, where we ask or instruct others to do something.  What better use of the imperative mood than to teach others how to dance! Utilizing the formal commands in Spanish, students were asked to create “How-to” videos outlining the specific steps of a particular Latin dance.  Students needed to demonstrate their technology skills by integrating slow-motion video, voice-over, and English subtitles. Check out the student samples below and maybe even give these dances a try!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Un espectáculo de marionetas

puppetsStudents in Spanish 1 just learned “saludos y despedidas” (greetings and goodbyes) and various other fun conversation starters. They can now discuss and spell their first and last names as well as inquire about age, origin, and feelings.

Students got right to speaking in the target language by recording conversational puppet shows with IMovie. Check it out! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwq-Vr2gQyi8X3FaVzVTSEhCTlU/view?usp=sharing