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.

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

"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!



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