Three thematic units for beginners. Each one about 8 pages. The vocabulary is easy and culture is rich. Entirely in the target language. Please click on Preview above to read them all.
Unit 1. Carlos V. To teach the family, we have all done different versions of family trees in class. Work on the family tree of Charles V. Introduce his grandparents, Isabel and Ferdinand, the Catholic kings. Compare his family to your own and practice the vocabulary of the family. Check out a map of Charles V's world and practice the names of the languages then spoken.
Unit 2. Cortés y Moctezuma. A fun way to do animals and foods. The animals of the Old World! The foods of the New World! Today we cannot imagine Europe without tomatoes or the American west without cattle! And what about those invisible animals, the viruses and bacteria that killed the indigenous population? Only through content based units can you transmit so much information and promote culture understanding with simple vocabulary and beginner grammar.
(3) Unit 3. Teach the vocabulary of the house with Bolivar's home. His house had a large room to pray and an area for the animals. There were two dining rooms but only one small bathroom. Compare this house with the one your own. This is authentic cultural information! All in the target language.
Subject matter: family and empire; New and Old Worlds; independence
Vocabulary: family; plants and animals, house
Grammar: posessive adjectives; tener; ¿dónde? ¿qué?
Oral practice: family; domestic and wild animals; house
Homework: tree of royal families; animals of two worlds
Internet: key words for Net search
Model tests and teacher's guide
I loved doing these units with my students because I was able to integrate basic vocabulary and grammar through the context. The students were interested in the content. They were surprised by both the chapel and the tiny bathroom in Bolivar´s house, they liked the foods and they empathized with Carlos V melded family.