Spanish Class: How to Improve Speaking & Class Participation

One of the most difficult things about teaching Spanish is to get students to participate!  Besides making a welcoming environment, what else can you do?

Most of the time, students are nervous to participate because they "don't know what to say."  We throw so much information at them that it can be hard for them to process it all when they're trying to speak on the fly.

Enter - the FREE Spanish Tablemat.  Buy it here! This small resource has huge effects - I laminate one for each desk, and students are raising their hands in no time.  It's an at-a-glance resource and security blanket...whatever they may need to say is on the sheet!  Watch participation go up when you empower your students by giving them access to what they need.

Dynamic Game to Practice Vocab

When you're teaching a World Language, sometimes it seems like there is no end to vocabulary lists!  Students may groan when you introduce new words in class, but with Brainwreck, the'll look forward to practice with their new terms.

This game, based loosely on the concept of Cranium, requires students to use kinesthetic, visual, written, verbal, and non-linguistic representation to describe the vocabulary words on their cards.  Brainwreck is a way to practice vocabulary in an exciting and dynamic way!  Add vocabulary words from your current unit, and you’re set to go.

By the end of the game, your students will know their vocabulary backwards and forwards!

Buy it here!


Spanish Proficiency-Based Learning for Beginners - Colors

Are you tired of teaching students vocabulary or grammar topics only to have them forget by the next class?  Or worse, have them be able to read and write but not say a word?  Enter proficiency-based learning.  This type of teaching focuses on what the students will be able to do with the language, not what they know about it.

New on Teachers Pay Teachers is a three-day proficiency-based lesson plan to teach beginners colors in Spanish.  Best of all, they’ll actually be able to use them!  These first few concepts are some of the most important and useful your students will ever learn, and this Lesson Plan helps you make the most of it! It works on students’ writing, speaking and listening.

Don't need the whole lesson?  You can buy parts of it to supplement your lesson!
-full lesson
-powerpoint presentation and scaffolded notes
-1st colors communicative activity
-2nd colors communicative activity

Includes:
-games and learning activities
-slideshow with scaffolded notes
-communicative activities
-writing activities
-assessment “stamp” sheet

Spanish Beginner's Lesson on Actividades, Querer and Gustar

As language teachers, we know that knowing vocabulary isn't always enough to make a student proficient in a topic.  Enter this new lesson plan on Teachers Pay Teachers.  This is a Spanish Lesson on Actividades, Querer & Gustar and it's full of dynamic and fun activities to get your students talking and learning.

This is a fun and interactive lesson about activities, likes, and wants (actividades, querer, gustar). After playing, students will feel comfortable using and identifying vocabulary and creating their own sentences about what they and others like and don’t like It includes a vocabulary list, picture vocabulary cards, posters and worksheets for students to use for practice, interactive games, as well as communicative activities and communicative assessments.

Don't need the whole lesson?  You can just buy the game here!

Includes...
games and learning activities
communicative and speaking activities
notes and reference sheets
assessment “stamp” sheet

Lesson Objectives:
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
-identify various common activities
-ask what someone likes and doesn’t like to do
-ask what someone wants and doesn’t want to do
-answer what they like and don’t like to do
-answer what they want and don’t want to do
-talk about what others like and don’t like to do
-talk about what others want and don’t want to do
-talk about what they prefer to do
-talk about what activities they do with others
-talk about where they and others are going

Spanish Lesson for Beginners: Greetings, Name, and How Are You

This is a 3-class proficiency-based lesson plan to teach beginners basic greetings and questions in Spanish. These first few concepts are some of the most important and useful your students will ever learn, and this Lesson Plan helps you make the most of it! It works on students’ writing, speaking and listening.  Buy it here!

Includes...
games and learning activities
communicative and speaking activities
notes and reference sheets
assessment “stamp” sheet

Lesson Objectives:
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
-greet others at all times of day
-say hello and goodbye
-ask what someone’s name is
-answer what their name is
-ask what others’ names are
-answer what others’ names are
-ask how someone is doing in the formal and informal
-answer that they are doing well, not well, or “ok”

Spanish Ser & Adjectives Interactive Notebook Activity - Hunger Games Theme

This interactive notebook activity is a fun and exciting way to get students to practice with ser and adjective agreement. It includes scaffolded notes for ser/adjectives, and then an activity to practice creating sentences with Hunger Games characters!

Buy it here!

Includes:
-Instructions and materials: all you need are scissors and glue!
-Scaffolded notes for ser and adjectives
-Interactive Notebook Activity for ser
-Interactive Notebook Activity for adjectives
-Interactive Notebook Activity for creating sentences with adjective agreement (Hunger Games Themed)


Spanish Lesson on Travel - get your passports ready!

Have you ever had parents of your students tell you that they're traveling to Mexico, and will their son/daughter be able to translate for them?  Now your answer is yes!  Here is a fantastic group of lessons on Travel!  Buy it here!

This is a 5-hr (about 5 classes) Lesson Plan intended to give students contextual and meaningful practice with common travel experiences. This activity is proficiency-based, and focuses on listening and speaking. By the end of the activity, students will feel confident and ready to pick up their passports and go!

Buy the full 5-day Lesson Plan here.

Don't have 5 days?  Buy just the 1-day lesson on:
-negotiating a taxi
-buying a train ticket
-booking a hotel
-maps and directions
-describing traditional food

By the end of the Lesson, students will be able to:

-order a train ticket in person or online
-talk about their train travel schedule
-talk about where others would like to go
-talk about what they and others are going to do
-talk about what time they and others are going to do an activity

-negotiate a taxi
-barter for a lower price
-explain where they need to go

-reserve a room at a hotel
-speak comfortable about cash and credit card numbers/information
-give dates and other relevant information

-describe a dish they like and their opinion of it
-compare dishes and talk about what dishes taste like

-ask for directions
-follow directions
-give directions

Verb Conjugation Games - for any tense! (in Spanish, French & Italian)

Are you tired of the groans that come with learning a new tense?  Introducing...a verb conjugation practice game!   This has always been a favorite of my students...a fun cooperative learning game that get students to practice conjugating their verbs in a fun way - and it works in any tense!

This communicative activity has students conjugating verbs and speaking to each other in the target language. Use it to practice with conjugating in any tense, in any language! Great to add to a lesson, or as a review activity. After playing, students will feel confident about conjugating, and even have fun in the process! Includes game and instructions.

Buy it here!
French Conjugation Game
Spanish Conjugation Game
Italian Conjugation Game


Spanish Present Tense Puzzle Game

Present tense is the most important tense for beginning language learners.

Firstly, if we follow the research-based ACTFL proficiency levels, a student in an average World Language Class should be, even after several years, truly only mastering the present tense.  This fact has huge implications for our curriculum.  Why do we throw so many tenses at students?  Why can't they remember any of them?  Easy.  Because it's too much, too fast...this is a true case of less is more.  So how can we reconcile what we know is best practice with the reality...that standardized testing and university expectations necessitate that our students learn more than just the present tense.

One way is to periodically practice and refine students' use and command of the present tense.  Once new tenses come their way, they can easily forget this old standby.  So let's help jog their memory!  Here's a fun game to help Novice-Level Language Students Practice their present tense conjugating skills!  Includes games and instructions.

Buy the Spanish Present Tense Puzzle Game here!


Estar and Prepositions of Location Interactive Notebook Activity - Flipbook

This 12-page flipbook is an Interactive Notebook Activity that makes estar and prepositions of location clear and easy to understand.  It has all the vocabulary and sentence practice students need to practice and use estar and prepositions of location correctly and confidently.  

Buy it here!

Includes:
-12 page flip book with pages filled out
-12 page flip book with blank pages

Make verb conjugating fun!

We know verbs are a part of language learning, and we know we're going to get groans...so make it a little more fun!

These subject pronoun spinners and dice are a fun way to conjugate verbs in any tense!  Here are a few ways you can use them to practice any tense!  Make any tedious verb exercise into a game, and easily use with students while writing or speaking. You can use it in whole-class activities, in groups, partners, or in solo learning activities. Includes dice or spinner, instructions, and ideas for use.

  • Give each student a whiteboard.  Give them the tense, a verb, and a subject pronoun from below.  Have them conjugate on the whiteboards and hold them up.  Give them a point for every correct conjugation and a point if they translate it correctly into English.
  • Give each student a spinner and a list of verbs.  Have them practice conjugating with each other.

Buy it here!
Spanish subject pronoun spinner  or subject pronoun dice
French subject pronoun spinner or subject pronoun dice
Italian subject pronoun spinner or subject pronoun dice


Target Language Poster - French, Spanish

Hearing too much English in your World Language classroom? Use these simple and beautiful posters to give students a gentle reminder…here we use the target language!

Includes:
-FIVE different posters with “ici on parle français”/"aquí se habla español" text and original design.

Buy them here!
Spanish Target Level Posters
French Target Level Posters

Colors Puzzle Game - Spanish/French/Italian

This is a simple, fun and interactive game to help novice-level learners practice their vocabulary in a fun and dynamic way. They have to work together and compete against other teams to put a puzzle back together, and the only way they can do it is by practicing vocabulary! Use it as a learning activity or a review exercise, and you can even introduce the game multiple times throughout a unit - the more practice the better! After a few rounds, students will feel comfortable using and identifying vocabulary. Include game and instructions.

Buy it here!
French Color Puzzle
Spanish Color Puzzle
Italian Color Puzzle


"Hay" - language GOLD for beginning students!

Do you students often forget how to pronounce the word “hay” or how to use it? It’s such a useful phrase, but very often mistakenly used! This simple poster is easy to print and put up in your classroom, and can gently remind students how to use “hay” and how to pronounce it! Have it posted or print them out as a quick reference while students practice writing or speaking.

Get it for free here!



ACTFL Proficiency Level Posters of Can-Do Benchmarks - in English, French & Spanish

ACTFL’s Can-Do Statements help learners identify what they need to do to function at a specific level of proficiency. But how can we make these clear and evident for students? These posters are a great way to make these benchmarks visible for students. Whether you’re a veteran or just newly transitioning to proficiency-based curriculum, these posters are a fantastic addition to your classroom. Post them around the room to help integrate curriculum and student buy-in.

Buy them here in EnglishSpanish, and French!

Includes:
-A chart of NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks in Spanish/English/French (version in color and black & white)
-A poster of the pyramid-style ACTFL Proficiency scale in Spanish/English/French (version in color and black & white)
-10 individual proficiency-level posters in TWO style options: these posters include the Can-Do statements for each mode (presentational speaking, interpersonal communication, presentational writing, interpretive listening, interpretive reading) from levels Novice Low to Superior (version in color and black & white)

Speaking Cards - School Supplies (In Spanish, French & Italian)

This is a fun, simple, interactive, and cooperative game for students to practice with vocabulary. By using simple verb constructions and vocabulary, students move through this speaking card deck and practice listening and speaking at the same time! Use it as a learning activity or a review exercise, and you can even introduce the game multiple times throughout a unit - the more practice the better! After a few rounds, students will feel comfortable using and identifying vocabulary. Include game and instructions.

Spanish Speaking Cards - School Supplies
French Speaking Cards - School Supplies
Italian Speaking Cards - School Supplies


Speaking Cards – Animals (In Spanish, French & Italian)

This is a fun, simple, interactive, and cooperative game for students to practice with vocabulary. By using simple verb constructions and vocabulary, students move through this speaking card deck and practice listening and speaking at the same time! Use it as a learning activity or a review exercise, and you can even introduce the game multiple times throughout a unit – the more practice the better! After a few rounds, students will feel comfortable using and identifying vocabulary. Include game and instructions.

Spanish Speaking Cards – Animals
French Speaking Cards – Animals
Italian Speaking Cards – Animals



Destroyer - A game to practice conjugating verbs (In Spanish, French & Italian)

Are you tired of the groans that come with learning a new tense?  Introducing…a verb conjugation practice game!   This has always been a favorite of my students…a fun cooperative learning game that get students to practice conjugating their verbs in a fun way – and it works in any tense!

This communicative game has students conjugating verbs and speaking to each other in the target language. Use it to practice with conjugating in any tense, in any language! Great to add to a lesson, or as a review activity. After playing, students will feel confident about conjugating, and even have fun in the process! Includes game and instructions.

Destroyer - A game to practice conjugating verbs in Spanish
Destroyer - A game to practice conjugating verbs in French
Destroyer - A game to practice conjugating verbs in Italian