Communication is key in learning a foreign language and the closest we can get as teachers is giving our students dialogue scenarios. This collection of situations include 3 sets of question and answer matching practice, 4 structured dialogues (one of which is for 3 people if you have an uneven number of students), and 3 minimal structured dialogues.
Because travel is a main topic in various levels of Spanish, these sets start novice students with basic questions and responses to set up a conversation. As their skills progress, the students can use the more advanced dialogue sets to create skits using the current vocabulary and grammar that you are teaching. Lastly I have included a rubric that can be used with any of the sets of dialogues.
Level of Spanish: Spanish 2 and above
Number of students: groups of 2-3 people
Time: Q&A Practice: 20 minutes, Structured and unstructured dialogues: 2-3 class periods (prepare and present)
*Nebraska Foreign Language Frameworks Standards:
Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
Standard 1.3 Students convey information, concepts, and ideas to listeners and readers for a variety of purposes.
*Strongly influenced by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines for foreign language learning, the Nebraska standards incorporate proficiency-oriented or communicatively-based instruction as well as a broad vision of the teaching of target cultures to encompass lifestyle and civilization. You will have to consult your state´s standard list for the corresponding designation.