Learn The 2 Secrets To When To Use SER or ESTAR!
If you are teaching towards proficiency and teach grammar in quick easy to grasp chunks or even want to go into more detail of the nuance of this grammar concept, you'll love this infographic.
Students say year after year that other than Por/Para and the Subjunctive, learning when to use SER and ESTAR is the most frustrating.
When my students improve in Spanish, when I improved in Spanish, I didn't have the time to memorize then retrieve on the spot all of the mnemonic devices like D.O.C.T.O.R. or P.L.A.C.E. Even the little songs or raps didn't help me when in the middle of a conversation.
With just TWO symbols, students can start to grasp the mindset of the Spanish speaker when describing things with TO BE.
As VanPatten has stated, our "mind" internalizes grammar subconsciously in its own time. We can merely provide "crutches" as if we are waiting for a broken leg to heal. These training wheels give students a quick reference to communicate quickly.
Please note this is the STREAMLINED VERSION with more contextualized examples. If you want the more DETAILED version, search for SER & ESTAR Training Wheels Infographics [DETAILED Version]