Three interdisciplinary thematic units for beginners. Short, no more than seven or eight pages each. Entirely in the target language. Each unit has pre-reading, short reading with pictures, comprehension, extension that includes vocabulary and grammar always content-based, oral exercise, written exercise, web key words to further the theme and a complete answer key.
Unit 1. La independencia de Mexico
Miguel Hidalgo declared Mexico's independence from Spain from the steps of a church in a little town. Have your students practice right, left and center by finding the stores and restaurants in that same town today. Practice the vocabulary of the house with Miguel Hidalgo's home. Compare Mexico's independence to your own country. There are many comparisons that can be made: dates, bells, heroes and more.
Unit 2. El metro de la Ciudad de México
Take the metro and the bus! Learn the words and their genders for different modes of transportation. Do some simple arithmetic to figure out the number of metro riders in Mexico City by car, by day and by hour. Attractive pictures make you feel like you are
Unit 3. Los ambulantes
Street vendors in Mexico. What do they sell? Practice clothing. Is it used or new? Compare to students' reality. Respect of other cultures is fundamental.
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1. Subject matter: street vendors; transport; independence
2. Vocabulary: clothing; transport; city and buildings
3. Grammar: singular and plural; articles; prepositions of place
4. Oral practice: street vendors; transport; independence
5. Homework: describe a picture; transport I use; draw a map
6. Internet: Key word list to facilitate a search
7. Answer key.
Have you ever visited the town called Dolores Hidalgo? It looks like a set for a Mexican tourist advertisement. It is about half way between Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende and sometimes people tend to just drive by. If you are traveling there, please stop. The square is marvelous. And if you have been and liked it as much as I did, please leave a comment below.