World language teachers often try to avoid days of direct instruction. But there is always a point in every unit when the students need that direct guidance. For each of those lessons I have created a notes presentation. Each notes file includes a PowerPoint presentation and an interactive student notes guide. I also included PDF versions of both, which would be easy to post online for students who are absent.
Since many teachers try to keep direct instruction to a minimum of class time or are trying to run a flipped classroom, I tried to make each PowerPoint presentation as efficient as possible. With that in mind, the meat of the explanation is clear and concise in English. The notes include direct instruction and a few examples to practice, but they do not include games and interpersonal activities – that is intentional so that flipped classrooms can keep the instruction self-guided without class activities.
These notes review basic Spanish accent rules:
Words ending in vowel/n/s should emphasize penultimate syllable, otherwise they need an accent.
Words ending in other consonants should emphasize last syllable, otherwise they need an accent.
If two words are spelled the same, the more important word gets an accent (él vs el, tú vs tu, cuándo vs cuando).
It give specific examples of adding IOPs and DOPs to infinitives, commands, and progressive verbs.
It does not explain diphthongs because I wanted to keep it simple and manageable, but it does include a link to a studyspanish website about diphthongs.
I made this one to give advanced students a brief explanation without overwhelming them. If you want to get into all the nitty gritty of diphthongs and such, this
may be a better fit.
My notes are no prep - just print the guide sheet and go!
If you like this style of direct instruction, this is also available as part of my Verb and Grammar Notes Bundle