This is the video version of the Spanish Dictionary Activity! If you purchase the dictionary activity you will get the Powerpoint and guided notes. If you would prefer to press play and let me do the talking, this video is for you!
Have you read student essays and wanted to pull your hair out because they clearly don't know how to use the dictionary? You get sentences like "la guerra apagado en 1983" or "la guerra be en la Argentina." Sometimes it's glaringly obvious that our students have never actually received instruction on how to use a Spanish/English dictionary.
This video will walk your students through a few sample sentences, showing dictionary entries for various words, highlighting the dictionary reference tools, and giving direct instruction on...
Not looking up a conjugated verb
How to use the parts of speech notes
How to use the context clue notes
How to find set phrases vs one-word translations
How to tell if a noun is masculine or feminine
How to choose if there are two synonyms listed
The difference between an online translator and an online dictionary
This would be an excellent reminder lesson before a major project or writing assignment at the high school or college level. The examples use preterite and imperfect, so I recommend this video for intermediate and advanced classes.
It is about 17 minutes long and includes the supporting document - the Spanish Dictionary Activity notes guide.
This would be a great purchase for a teacher who is trying to teach an online or hybrid class, a teacher who has lost his/her voice, or even a substitute teacher that isn't comfortable giving direct instruction.
By purchasing this video, you are purchasing a license to show it to your class - not to post it online for general viewing. Thank you!
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