I wanted to give two small updates of what I am doing day to day in my classes. A few years ago, I shared song activities that I created the song Me Voy by Vazquez Sounds. I wanted to update it this year for a few reasons. First, their ages are off by three years now! Second, I am loving what Elizabeth Dentlinger has been doing with her songs as interpretive listening activities. I didn’t add as many activities as she has done per song, but I started to incorporate more parts into this song. I will be honest, part of me wants to move away from the cloze activity; however, I like that it helps with discrete listening. Here is my updated packet. The video also would be great to discuss as it is playing.
Second, I really liked how Laura introduced the imperfect to her classes. I rewrote this story about Douglas Tompkins. He was the founder of NorthFace and Patagonia. He bought parts of Chile, and after his death, he donated them back to Chile to form a huge park system in Chile. I tried to use a lot of imperfect throughout the story to highlight with students. This year, I am focusing a bit on translation with both preterite and imperfect to teach the differences. In addition, after reading the story, I showed this video of one of the parks in Chile. Hopefully, this will demonstrate a different part of the country that my students hadn’t thought about. Hope these two activities help you in your classes as well.