Posted in Authentic resources, Video

YouTube videos to use in Spanish class

YouTube Videos to use in Spanish class

Recently, I found myself down a YouTube wormhole with a few purposes.  I want to start to find some more videos for my Spanish 1 and Spanish 5 classes next year.  I have also found a ton of female vloggers (including one of my favorites).  I want to find some more videos with males, so they are not all female focused.  Here are some of the videos (and some EdPuzzles that I have created) that I have found to share with you:

  • Cocinemos juntos has some great cooking videos.  He speaks slowly and clearly and the visuals are wonderful.  He also has some Nicaraguan food videos including one on tacos.  It would be great to have students compare Nicaraguan tacos with Mexican tacos.
  • I really like this fashion vlog for men.  I watched a video about different trends for men.  It is easy to come across these for women, so I would like to assign two different videos for the girls and boys in my class.  I also found this video about outfits to wear when you return to classes when it is cold for boys.
  • This YouTube channel has a lot of pop culture (which I love!)  I could see this video about 9 movies to see to be perfect to inspire a conversation about what students want to see or not.  They also have a who wore it best after awards ceremonies.
  • I love some of the themes that many of the vloggers start.  I would use clips of the 50 things about me to get my students started with authentic resources in the beginning of the year (Spanish 2).  I love Tag 20 canciones.  They have some really great conversation topics.  It would be fun to start with two questions each day in the beginning of the year- like what song do you love in secret and what song do you know all of the words to.  The good thing about these themes is that many vloggers post about them, so you have many choices.
  • Kevin Karla y la Banda has some great covers of English songs.  Check out Laura who covers other English songs including Beauty and the Beast! (My son loves this Maroon 5 song!)
  • My students love Starbucks!  This would be perfect for a more advanced group– tips on what to order and what not to order in Starbucks.
  • Looking to spice up your technology unit and not talk about fax machines?  This girl talks about what is on her iPhone and how to edit photos on Instagram.  Maybe it is just because I love technology, but I really enjoy hearing what apps others use.  This is another topic that includes a TON of videos about what teens have on their iPhone.

Hope my journey on YouTube has helped you find some new videos to try in class.

Posted in Authentic resources, Reading

Comics in Spanish

Comics in Spanish

Comics are a great way to incorporate easy language into the classroom.  They are also easy to describe in Spanish as well as continuing a conversation.  Part of the difficulty is finding the perfect one when you need it.  I have been searching on this website while I watch Law and Order SVU.  I have also saved all of my favorite comics here on Pinterest that I can use in the classroom.

These would be perfect to use at the beginning of class.  You could start by describing the comics in Spanish by asking students different questions about all of them in a PictureTalk style.  Then students could answer the questions below.  It starts with some easy comprehension questions then moves to some personal questions.

I have developed questions about two comics.  I love the first one because it is about weather, and it could be easily used in the first few weeks of class!  The second one could be used with technology or restaurants.  Since I personally love Yelp, I laughed with this one!

Posted in Authentic resources

Why not edit the text?

Why not edit the text?

Many teachers tout the phrase edit the task not the text from the book by Shrum and Glisan.  I know the meaning behind it, and I believe that it can be valid.  First, I want to evaluate why teachers want to use authentic resources in class.

  • It can be very powerful for students to use authentic resources which are designated for native speakers.  They give a real world purpose to speech since they are used by native speakers.
  • These resources are also valuable because they have culture embedded in them.  They can also be current and relevant.
  • In addition, I have been able to teach more literacy skills via many of these authentic resources.
  • These can also be good models for presentational writing.
  • Finally, I like that authentic resources use more “authentic” vocabulary instead of the neutral vocabulary that our textbooks use.  For example, our textbook uses lavaplatos.  All of the resources that students saw used “lavavajillas.”  While some students will stick with lavaplatos, some of my students who notice this will remember both terms.

In addition, I would propose that there are very basic authentic resources that can be used in the very beginning levels.  I enjoyed using a TV schedule when students were using days of the week due to the number of cognates in TV show names.  You can check out this as an example.  As many teachers state, infographics are also a great use of authentic resources for beginners due to the use of pictures and text.

However, there are some problems with using authentic resources:

  • Students can quickly become overwhelmed with the amount of text that they do not understand.  Many teachers have noted this especially when they switch to authentic resources after not using them.  This can quickly cause students to become disengaged.
  • Not all vocabulary is always relevant or would be used for beginners.  If you want to support all of the article, you may have to teach too much irrelevant vocabulary.
  • Some of the sections may be relevant for students whereas other sections are superfluous and too difficult.
  • If you are using an authentic resource, it may have a lot of good information, but it may end up being really long.  I found this when I was using the AirBnB website for a travel housing unit.  With only some sections of the website, it was still five pages long!
  • Unless you are going to dissect it over many days, you can’t cover everything, so your questions would not address the whole prompt.  Therefore, a large part of the authentic resource isn’t even needed by students to do the interpretive activity or to do something with it.  I know that I can be guilty of this!

Instead of eliminating authentic resources or continuing to frustrate students, there is another solution!  EDIT the TEXT.  Why?  I believe that students can still get all of the benefits from an authentic resource and eliminate a lot of the disadvantages that also exist.  Using my new, current top favorite authentic resource of AirBnB, you could easily use different sections for different levels:

For a novice level, you could give them the charts.  There are images and a chart:

AirBnB #1


In a more advanced level, you could look at the description:


Studying more about vacations and the city?  Include information about the area around the apartment:

AirBnB 3

Checking out how to write reviews?  There are plenty here!

AirBnB 4

In reality, there are 192 reviews.  You can easily pick a few that your students can understand.  I believe that from these small clips of the text, you are getting all of the benefits of an authentic resource.  If you look at the rubric for the interpretive mode, you are also able to evaluate a students’ work.

What do you think?  Do you ever edit the text?  What are the disadvantages of editing the text for novices and even intermediates?



Posted in Authentic resources, Technology

Webquest: Furniture shopping!

Webquest: Furniture Shopping

I love to shop!  When I studied abroad, I loved to wander around stores and supermarkets.  It was so interesting to see what each store had.  Since we don’t have time to pop over to Argentina and wander around stores, webquests are one of my favorite things.  When students navigate a website, they see that sometimes certain countries use different words then what we learn.  We always have a conversation about price.  In addition, websites have so many pictures that support comprehension.

I found this website for the store Falabella in Argentina.  I used this for furniture, but you could use it for clothes, sporting goods, beauty etc.  I created these questions about the website for my students.  We are going to discuss a few things about them tomorrow like what items they wanted to add to their house specifically.  However, with this website you could find so many ideas for other units!

  • You could also give each student a room to decorate and a budget then have them pick out designs for the room.
  • You could have students come up with outfits from the website.  You could even review clothes when you talk about sports because they have a huge list of athletic clothes.
  • They also have a link with job descriptions.  This would be perfect for upper levels.
  • Students could compare the technology that we have with the technology from this store.  What is similar and different?
  • If students look at their Facebook page, they can see some back to school promotions (and discuss why they are going “back to school” now).
  • Too much reading?  Check out their YouTube page for videos on gift ideas, fashion tips and commercials.
Posted in Authentic resources, Reading, Uncategorized

Evolving my interpretive reading

Evolving my Interpretive Reading

After ACTFL, I was really reflecting on how I used authentic resources.  As I said before, I really need to make sure that I am doing PRE- almost everything.  Pre reading, pre teaching vocabulary before stories.  (Maybe that will be my #oneprefix this year 🙂  I used this infographic which I have used many times.  This time, I zoomed in on the man sneezing.  Then, I had students brainstorm relevant vocabulary as well as a possible theme.  We could complete a quick think-pair-share before we started with the questions.  I really liked using the think-pair-share because it gave students an easy quick way to talk in Spanish.  If a student didn’t know a word, they would check with their partner for confirmation.

As I continue to delve into using more authentic resources, I find myself teaching more about how to use each resource.  For example, we discussed what an infographic was.  I told students how to use a picture in an infographic.  I could also give hints such as read the headlines of each topic.  It can seem overwhelming when a student cannot tell how the infographic is organized.  I am hoping that as I continue to work with these authentic resources, students will become more savvy.  I also hope that I become more savvy into how to work with each infographic!  Many times, I just assume that I only want students to get a superficial knowledge of each resource; however, I am starting to want more from my students as we continue to work with them!

In the future, I am excited to try Seesaw’s new labeling feature.  It would be great to either create something of a “book snap” about what is happening or labeling words throughout.  You could look at Seesaw as a type of Snapchat (without disappearing!)

Posted in Authentic resources, holidays, Reading

Día de los Muertos Activities

Día de los Muertos Activities

Over the weekend, I found this touching video about Día de los Muertos.  You could do a MovieTalk with this video; however, I decided to make an embedded reading about the video first.  I try to use volleyball translation judiciously, but I would start with that.  During the next reading, I will have students illustrate a few scenes especially with some of the imagery with the skeletons.  If you can find it, I like sharing pan de muerto with my students that day.

I have also found some interesting authentic resources for Día de los Muertos.  Here is a collection of 3,500 recipes for the holiday.  This is a video about sugar skulls.  Also, here is an infographic with a description of the ofrenda.  Hopefully, these will help you as you plan for the upcoming holiday!

Posted in Authentic resources

Daily Routine Authentic Resources

Daily Routine Auth Res

Sometimes, do you feel like you search for a resource and never find it?!  Then later, you hit the jackpot!  This is how I feel about my recent search for authentic resources based on a daily routine.  Here are some of my most recent favorites:

  • This is a very basic routine of this blogger written succinctly.  It would be great for the beginning of a unit.
  • This is longer, but I would start with the second part which are the details of this blogger’s day.
  • While this is a longer schedule (and a bit outdated from 2009), I think students will enjoy the fact that it is about Selena Gomez!
  • I found this last year, but I thought I would include it in my round-up: A video of a vlogger’s morning routine.
  • Finally, People en Español has Un día con… different actors, singers etc.  It is a gold mine of daily routines with lots of pictures!

Have you found any new favorite daily routine resources?

Posted in Authentic resources, Netflix unit, Reading

Interpretive reading: Fichas from Superpop

Adobe Spark-4

I am starting to develop more resources for my Netflix Unit as the year starts.  I really like these fichas for the beginning of the year resources.  They have very short phrases at the beginning with a few sentences later.  For my reading activity, I used the interview with Dani Martín and Blanca Suárez  (Yay El Internado!)

During the edcamp that I attended this summer, some teachers lamented that authentic resources really intimidate students.  I believe that it is important to start out relatively easy, so students are not overwhelmed.  I started with multiple choice questions for the most part.  My goal is to boost student confidence and show students that they are capable of tackling an article like this.  I also saw Sara-Elizabeth talk about on Twitter that she leaves space for students to write anything else that they understand.  I added this question as well.  Here is the link for the Google Form that I set up.

How do you help students adjust to using authentic resources at the beginning of the year?

Posted in Authentic resources, noticias

Noticias: Los Juegos Olímpicos

Noticias: Los Juegos Olímpicos

I wanted to share my most recent take on “noticias” when I wrote up a few articles about the Olympic games for teachers who are back in school, and can talk about the Olympics!  I discussed Honduras’ hope for a gold medal, the first person from Latin America to win a gold medal in these Olympics as well as a pretty awesome motocross Olympian from Colombia!  I also gave a bit of information about some of the Latino athletes competing for the United States.  I tried Adobe Spark this time for my presentation.

I also wanted to share a few authentic sites that you can use in your class for further conversation:

  • Here is the official Olympic website in Spanish.
  • Colombia has good coverage of the Olympics as well.
  • Telemundo Deportes also has excellent video coverage of the games.

Enjoy and go USA!

Posted in Authentic resources

#AuthRes August

Over 100 of my favorite authres

Sara-Elizabeth started #authres August.  Authentic resources are resources that are made by native speakers for native speakers of your target language.  I have seen some true engagement by my students over authentic resources because they are proud that they can understand it.  Many times, authentic resources also have a lot of culture embedded in them.  But, they can definitely be difficult to find!  There have been times when I have been hitting myself over the head late at night watching video after video trying to find the perfect video for my class.  Although I have shared many of my authentic resources on my blog (with accompanying activities) and on Pinterest, I wanted to create another list here.  I will also add other resources that I have found recently by category.  I did list some twice if they would work in multiple units.

Updated for 2017!  I have added even more of the resources that I used last year.  Also, Sara-Elizabeth mentioned authentic resources for true novices in her post.  I have created a new section for novices along with how I would use them.  (Hint! A lot of it involves editing!)  Although you also have to reflect on your first unit and then find some that work for you.  I really emphasize cognates in the beginning of the year in both Spanish I and II, so many of these help students start to recognize cognates.

  • General favorites
  • Novice authentic resources
    • Use a TV schedule: Many of the TV shows are similar or the same to English.  Then you can easily ask about the time or day as many teachers include that in the first few weeks.
    • The same goes for a movie website!  Students should be able to navigate around this website with minimal help from you to find some cognates and compare what movies are showing in the US versus Spain.
    • Another schedule that would be easy to use is the NFL schedule on Fox Deportes.  This also would be engaging for your students early in the year.
    • I have mentioned these fichas before, but you can find some really basic ones where students could read the majority of them like Abraham Mateo.  The parts they don’t understand?  I would delete them!  Then you could show a video of his like this Spanglish song of Girlfriend.
    • I love these infographics about what I like about fall and five things that I like with plenty of pictures of help bolster understanding.
    • Turn the website into Spanish early on to incorporate into your daily weather routine.  It has great graphics to boost understanding and you can discuss the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit.  We used to guess what we thought the conversion would be which was fun.  Also, it is so easy to focus on one country a month and pop over to see their weather.  I really encourage JUST picking out the information you need, screenshot it and ignore the rest.  There can be a lot of overload.
    • Finally, I was skeptical about finding some videos for beginning students, but I found some cute videos that revolve around very little language on McDonald’s España!  Plus, they are pretty funny!  These would be VERY motivating for students that they could understand them.  I would recommend these as a starting activity one day.  This one involves getting a tattoo (but it would still fly in most schools) and this involves a man trying to impress a lady… until she orders a salad!  (I can relate!)  For the last one, I would stop it early because the end is not crucial to understanding.
  • Clothes unit
  • Technology unit
  • Environment unit
  • Medical unit
  • Celebrations unit
    • This document has a list of different links for planning a birthday party with different stores/websites.
    • Iberia Christmas commercial
    • Articles about how to celebrate your birthday at different ages
    • Infographic about New Year’s Eve celebrations
    • Video for 12 grapes: New Year’s Eve
    • Uncomo article on best movies for Halloween with a Google form with questions
  • Food unit
  • City unit
  • School unit
  • Likes and favorites unit
    • Infographics for likes and dislikes
    • Favorite fall items
    • More favorite fall things
    • Plaza Sesamo: I like you
    • To recap favorites and other intros, I really like these 50 cosas videos!  Gibby is younger; Karol is older and easy to understand. (I edit these on EdPuzzle, so they aren’t as long!)
  • Daily routine unit
    • Survey: What type of perfume are you?
    • Also I use this website for hygiene products.
    • Daily routine vlogger
    • Night time routine video by Pautips  (TIP!  Search YouTube for rutina diaria mañana/noche for updated videos!  Each vlogger seems to come out with a new video detailing her daily routine every season!)
    • Uncomo article on how to wake up happy in the morning
  • Travel unit
    • Airline commercial
    • Iberia Christmas commercial
    • Infographics about traveling
    • Travel blog
    • Tips before your first flight
    • RENFE website for looking up train schedules
    • Video on tips on how to check luggage and board your plane
    • Infographic: Travel makes us happy
    • Video: How to select a family friendly hotel
    • Video: 5 cheap hotels in Cancun
  • House unit
    • Tour of vlogger’s home
    • Video: Top5 mansions
    • Article on decorating your home
    • Website to allow students to find furniture to outfit their home  (Also, you can read how I used it in class here.)
  • General pop culture for class discussion
    • A fun Youtube channel including trying out the Burger King Lucky Charms milkshake and other gossip
    • Youtube search of Tag 20 songs videos with fun questions like which song do you not admit to liking

Hope that these helped you!  Recently, I also wrote about how I find authentic resources.  If you have an authentic resource to share, hop on over to Musicuentos to share yours!  Also, if one of my links is incorrect or broken, please let me know, so I can update it!