MI VIDA LOCA
Beginning Spanish students LOVE this 22-episode series!! The short, online videos are fully interactive, have mini-lessons built right in, and require the student-user to respond to and engage in the unfolding action!!
I have written some mini-quizzes to go along with these mini-lessons. I have my students watch and study one episode every week for a few months. We view it once in class, and then they are expected to view the episodes multiple times on their own during each week. I then give a weekly quiz to see if they are paying attention and/or learning some new vocabulary and phrases. Episodes 1-14 have quiz items that are Spanish-English translations, English-Spanish phrases, and I've often included cultural questions relating to the individual episodes.
The final episodes (15-22) we watch very thoroughly and closely in class, do some in-class activities and I allow them to study them leisurely on their own. I tell them the final quiz, over the last 7 episodes is strictly extra credit! Many study quite hard to earn the extra points -- especially if they need them! You, on the other hand, are more than welcome to tell your students that the final TEST will be over the last seven episodes, in lieu of making it extra credit. (I just do that to potentially help some kids who need it.)
This series helps give validity to learning Spanish, and provides students a chance to immerse themselves in a TV show (of sorts). It helps bring a bit of reality to the classroom, and is a GREAT addition for supplemental Spanish OUTSIDE of the textbook!!!!!