PLEASE READ: As of November 15 this series has been removed from Netflix. I still believe that this is the best, most school-appropriate television series to play in the classroom. If you buy the DVDs from Spain, however, the stopping points are different (Netflix episodes lasted about 45 minutes whereas the DVDs are longer). Our guides are not synchronized with the DVDs. Kara & I are currently looking into modifying the guides to synchronize them with the DVDs rather than the former Netflix versions... this looks like a project for Thanksgiving or Winter Break.
This guide is the fruit of a collaboration between Kara Jacobs and Mike Peto. We have written the text to be appropriate for an upper level class while maintaining the elements of simplicity and comprehensibility that make these guides so effective for language learners.
The episode 4 guide continues providing a series of very comprehensible questions in the side margins that feature a notoriously difficult structure for students to acquire. Many are open-ended questions; we recommend that you answer these questions orally in class, focusing on meaning rather than form. The idea is that students slowly acquire the complex structure over time as they interact with it repeatedly. The readings in this guide are written to be more suited to an upper level class than my Internado guides.
While both El Internado and El Gran Hotel are incredibly compelling to students, I firmly believe that it is the repetitive, easy reading (accompanied by similar teacher talk) that cements the structure of the Spanish language into students' minds. For that reason I have included a three page introduction that fully explains how I teach with novelas. You can read that essay for free by downloading the preview file or viewing it on my website: https://mrpeto.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/ep-2-gran-hotel-student-guide-more-soon/
Also included in the guide is a short paragraph about Garrido (a minor character who plays a major part in episode 4), a cultural note about gestures, personal space and greetings that helps explain how we know that doña Elisa does not like Sofía, a link to two Kahoot! games, a crossword puzzle and a cartoon activity that could be used as a substitute plan at any point during the show.
Please note that the video itself is not included; I use Netflix but Netflix content is not permanent. You may find copies of this series on Ebay or the Spanish Amazon website.