I used to teach Spanish at a Christian school, where I was able to use Bible stories for storytelling and class readings. Simplified Bible stories can be a wonderful way of providing comprehensible input in Spanish. This retelling of the story of Jonah uses Spanish that is accessible to beginning students.
Note: I shelter vocabulary in my classes, but not grammar. While this story is told primarily in the present tense, it also includes commands, future tense, and subjunctive. The Teacher's Guide includes suggestions for teaching grammar in the context of the story.
This bundle includes:
- Jonás y el gran pez - picture story
- Story cards (without text)
- Student version in black and white
- Five worksheets with a full answer key
- A timed writing quiz
- Suggestions for the teacher
NOTE: This story is sold in PDF format. I have received some requests to put these stories in PowerPoint format. However, many of the artists who create educational clipart specify that the clipart must be locked down in a PDF file, as this secures the file images. Some PDF viewing programs have the option to "view as slideshow", which looks very similar to a PowerPoint presentation. Other programs have the option to view as full screen or full page. This is how I use the PDF files in my class.
I teach this story with TPRS®, a method developed by Blaine Ray.
This story provides input that is comprehensible, engaging, and carefully structured to include lots of repetition. I have been using TPRS® in my classes since 2007 and have found it to be a highly successful method for learning languages. I have used TPRS® with preschool through adult classes and have found that learners of all ages are captivated by stories.