Ir de tapas en Salamanca – Lisa Taub White
The video upon which this activity is based can be found at:
This is an advanced Spanish activity designed for Advanced Placement students. This is based on a video found on youtube – the entire script is written out, with blanks that the students have to fill in. I would suggest going over some vocabulary that can be found in this video such as “charra” ( a word used to refer to Salamanca), “doquier”, “invitar” (in the sense of offering to pay), “doctorarse”, “hombre” (when it is used as slang)“claustro”, “embutido” , “meson”, “confitería”, “facultad”, “degustar” (which can be found in one of the questions), “chorizo” and perhaps “ambientillo”, “empaparse” and “vanguardia”. I would mention that Vega is referring to “jamón ibérico” when she says “jamón” because otherwise the kids will think she is referring to Oscar Mayer . I would also do this activity as part of a cultural comparison – for example, you could compare “ir de tapas” with a relevant activity in the United States – it is very different here, as we don’t go to a handful of restaurants to eat small bites. Also, our “appetizers” are usually fried bits of something whereas in Spain, they are intricately elaborated food items. Tapas in Spain are very inexpensive – “tapas” in the United States are actually full meals split into 4 but the price does not reflect that AT ALL… so even if we wanted to, we could not “ir de tapas” here because it is cost prohibitive.
The activity is designed to hone the students’ listening skills while learning about Salamanca and tapas. It is a great activity as a SUB PLAN and/or as part of a larger unit. This has been provided in a word doc format so that you can adjust the activity according to the needs of your class. I hope you enjoy it!