I got this site idea from Noah Geisel at NTPRS ’10. It is a collection of commercials from around the world. There are ways to use them in class even if they are not in the target language of your classroom.

For example, on Friday we used a commercial for a Thai insurance company. It was subtitled in Spanish. We circled questions like “who loves you more than anything?”, “who do you respect?”, “who do you want to change?” and then followed it by watching the commercial. In it, a girl is embarrassed of her deaf and mute father. When they had seen it twice and had read the subtitles with me, we discussed how we felt about the girl’s behavior toward her dad.

Using commercials can be a quick warm up or a really good, deep character education lesson. There are a lot to choose from, try it out!!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

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