Gran Hotel: Student guide to Episode 1

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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.

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This guide is perfect for student and teacher alike. There is a short paragraph describing the plot for every 2-4 minutes of video. There are also several comprehension breaks and links to three Kahoot! activities to be played in class. I have also included target vocabulary phrases that I use to discuss the scene prior to viewing it in class. I teach this with my Spanish 3 classes; you might want to choose different target phrases to fit your curriculum. However, the use of target phrases helps simplify the language and allows students to grasp more. Along with the target phrases I also include some suggestions for PQA (personalized questions and answers) that I use. The goal is to make students so comfortable with selected vocabulary before viewing the scene that their cognitive load is significantly lighter and they can process more. Finally, the timings cited in the margins are approximate, taken from Netflix. They will help you quickly return to the scene without wasting class time, but they may be off by a few seconds.

Please google my blog My Generation of Polyglots to see more of my teaching ideas.

This guide follows the video from Netflix. On Netflix the first episode is about 46 minutes long; if you have original DVD´s of the series from Spain then it may have been edited (or episode 1 may have been split into two episodes to suit the viewing habits of American viewers).
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Gran Hotel: Student guide to Episode 1
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Gran Hotel: Student guide to Episode 1
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