Engage students with this short film - Defective Detective and 8 activities that privilege speaking, listening, writing and speaking. Check out the 8 activities below. Guidance notes included in this resource.
Link to film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiy1MeXzhfA
Warm-up activity 1
1. ¡Qué escandaloso!- Writting activity with example
2. The Prensa (the main character reads a newspaper, hence to connection to writing an article) activity included a “Reminder about the preterite.”
3. Activity 3: El imperfecto
Students read a“Reminder about the imperfect.” For simplicity, I only teach a few forms.
4. El estudiante escandaloso revisited
For this activity students reread the vignette, in the beginning, only this time with the imperfect tense sprinkled in. This mirrors what they will do for their short vignette. Students then rewrite the (fictitious) event that happened in class, only this time sprinkling in the imperfect tense (as done in the example).
5. El preterite versus el imperfect
For this activity, students recognize the different forms of the preterite and imperfect tenses. This could be utilized as a previewing activity as well.
6. Guided Oral Questions for Movie
I used a script of questions to guide the movie discussion. I just wrote down what I was going to say because I'd forget. This was the most AMAZING PART! I could not believe how students, after about two classes of differentiated communicative activities with some basic instruction on the tenses, were incorporating the structures into their responses. Since I just read about circling by Martina Bex
7. Information Gap Activity
I created a little story about the film, the premise is that the detective is seeing a psychiatrist two years later due to the paranoia-induced evening at his neighbor’s apartment. Students filled in the blanks with either the preterite or imperfect tenses. A word bank is provided as well a the answer key.
8. Alternate ending for movie
Alternate ending activity. Students wrote an alternative ending to the short film. Check out my website for student examples.