This is a workbook designed to have your learners learn how to describe someone in Spanish. There are a variety of activities included to have your learners practising the language.
As I have a background working with technology and particularly digital storytelling, I have included some techy-activities! The final task is to create a digital story with one of the cool digital storytelling apps there are out there (I provide you with a list of these). I have also included:
- a sample digital story
- a script
- and Powerpoint presentation for you and your students to use as a template for your own digital story.
If you are using 30hands Web or Pro for your digital story, you can simply edit the Powerpoint to be as you like it, convert it to PDF and import it into the app to record your narration. Equally, you can create your digital story from scratch.
If you do not have access to technology in your classroom, the workbook is designed to allow you to work through it without doing the techy parts. Although I would recommend having real dictionaries to hand in this case!
It can be used for beginners, or for learners who are revising descriptions. It is aimed at a younger audience - grade 2 - 6. However, it could be fun for beginner students in Middle School.
Throughout the workbook, I encourage your learners to use the website www.wordreference.com to search for the words they don’t understand. This is a website that can be found on a browser. There is also an app you can download onto your phone or tablet. In my experience, students love having the app on their phone or device, and they really take to using it. This makes them more independent language learners and less dependent on asking you for the words each time. (There are also other online dictionaries such as www.spanishdict.com so please feel free to use whatever suits you!) My students LOVE getting into using online dictionaries, and they soon realize the power they have to find any word they want at any time. It also encourages them to find the word in context, as the app gives you uses of the words in sentences. And they have a recording of what the word sounds like!
I also encourage your learners to guess the meaning of the words in certain cases. Sometimes the words looks a bit like English, so they may be able to guess them. Sometimes they may know a couple of words already. If they can’t guess the words, they can use the online dictionary! Guessing and predicting engages the learner and gets them thinking.
I try to include all of the four skills of language learning. As this is quite a beginner level, there is not as much ‘reading comprehension’ as simple reading some instructions and words as they go. There is a short reading piece at the end of the workbook.
I have included little icons that represent different activities. Please note these with your learners as they will help them to work out what type of activity it is. Sometimes there is more than one icon per activity.
I provide you with a walk-through on steps to create a digital story. If you have any more questions on this, please leave a comment and I will get back to you!
I haven’t included answer books as I feel your students can actually find so much online. Also, some of the questions could elicit more than one answer so I like to encourage this! It also encourages peer correction and collaboration.
Please let me know if you would like to see anything else or any changes. I am hoping to make a more advanced version of this also! If you see any typos or have any other feedback, I would love to hear it!
Summary of what is included:
- A 27 page workbook with vocabulary searching activities, oral activities and grammar activities.
- A sample digital story.
- A Powerpoint template for your digital story
- A Script