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Get to know each other using the TL!

great for all levels- i like the written support, but insistence on using only TL!


Before starting El Internado: Caperucita Roja

Great Level 2 TPRS intro Unit Ideas!!

My generation of polyglots

caperucita-rojaMy Spanish 2 students start the school year with a month long unit that culminates in various retellings of the fairy tale Caperucita Roja, or Little Red Riding Hood. I choose this story because it works well to introduce a lot of the vocabulary that students will later need in order to understand El Internado. I also want a familiar tale that we can work with in order to review Spanish 1 and introduce several past tenses. Most importantly I have to explicitly teach my students how a TPRS classroom works. Here is a quick outline of how I do it:

Week one: getting to know students with PQA, setting expectations

Not all teachers in my department are TPRS teachers… so I start with a focus on question words and what Terry Waltz calls the “super seven”:

Volition (“wants to”, “feels like”): quiere

Location (“is at”): está


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Write, Draw, Pass

The Comprehensible Classroom

This is one of my favorite party games, which Ashley VanHemert so brilliantly reminded me to use in the classroom! She heard of the idea from Amy Wright at UAF. This is an excellent activity for Preferred Activity Time.

STEP ONE: Give each student one side of this form (I put two forms/page to save paper):

Write, Draw, Pass *Updated on 03/26/2012

STEP TWO: You have several options. In Box #1, in the target language, …

  1. Have students write a creative, descriptive sentence (ex: a fat dog with big eyes runs to the store).
  2. Have students write a descriptive word image (ex: a pretty girl with long hair)
  3. Write (1) or (2) for students so that they don’t have to think of them. Here are some that I recently used in one of my classes:

**Make sure students only include colors if you are planning to use crayons or colored…

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