This is the updated guide to accompany the long DVD version of Gran Hotel. This guide replaces our previous version that accompanies the shorter Netflix version of the series. This current guide contains a lot more material per episode!!
This 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 Gran Hotel guides 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 summarizing each scene (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 these guides are supplementary activities such as online trivia games related to Gran Hotel, crossword puzzles, cultural explanations and a cartoon activity that could be used as a substitute plan at any point during the show.
El Gran Hotel is also, without a doubt, a more school appropriate choice to show your students.
For more information, google my blog: My Generation of Polyglots.
Please note that the video itself is not included; I use DVDs that I bought from the Spanish Amazon website. I have heard that Hulu currently has full episodes for the first season streaming online; since online content comes and goes I think that purchasing the DVDs is a good investment that you will use for years to come.