In this document are 30 Spanish AP-style quick response prompts to practice using the subjunctive. They are meant to help your students feel comfortable speaking on the spot in a variety of situations (serious to not-so-serious) to a variety of people (tú, usted, and ustedes). These may be used as daily warm-up activities, entrance activities, or full-class periods. I have used them in all of those ways, but my students have found the following to be the most helpful:
Show the prompt on the screen. Read it together and ask for any comprehension clarifications.
Randomly choose a student (I have each of their names on a slip of paper). That student goes first and responds with one sentence using the subjunctive.
Continue to choose students randomly for quick responses (to the same prompt) until all students have responded.
As students respond, I will jot down any common mistakes they are making and point it out afterwards.
The students have found this method very helpful because:
They get ideas from other students for ways they could possibly respond.
The feedback is immediate but addresses the group – they hear what other students are doing well and what they all need to work on together.
It lowers their affective filters – doing these practices becomes far less stressful as they become more comfortable with these activities.
If this is in an AP class, they are learning strategies for how to handle the real exam.
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