If someone asked me what motivated my students the most -to continue learning on their own, to more vocabulary, to greater accuracy- my answer would certainly be music. Just this week one of my Spanish 3 students who is struggling the most with any level of verb accuracy identified forms of conseguir and what they mean because “they say conseguí” in “Mientes.”
Thus, you’ll see several choices related to music on my list of fluency activity options. Here are a couple more:
Similar to LyricsTraining, http://www.ver-taal.com/canciones.htm gives you the lyrics to a song with certain words blanked. Students can fill in what they hear and check their answers. The site also has a section with reportajes and anuncios – what communicative activities can you think of that students could do with those? There is a cloze-type section similar to the lyrics page except it features movie trailers; I ask my students to avoid this part because of the level of adult content in the majority of films coming out of Spain and Latin America (and their trailers).
Another idea, this one from @SraSpanglish. One of my students practically lives on Spotify but I haven’t taken the time to figure it out yet (I use Pandora One). This is on my list of things to check out! Her idea was for students to use the Top Lists feature, set to Spain, to find new tracks to make and listen to a playlist. Sounds like a winner to me!
Have you added anything to the list of choices for weekly fluency activity homework? A lot of teachers are using this idea now – share yours with us!
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