Since… well, a long time ago… my Spanish 2 class has been doing Mi vida loca as a brain break. These little 10-12 minute videos plus a worksheet to help them understand the Spanish they’re hearing, have given them exposure to an accent besides mine in an engaging format. But, it’s time to face facts. Mi vida loca is well and truly dead.
This year, it was time to figure out what we would use to replace it. I was wandering around the internet when I stumbled onto Pablo’s AMAZING videos and I knew they were just what I was looking for. In level 3 and 4 we watch El Internado Laguna Negra and Pablo’s voice is JUST what my level 2s need to prepare their ears for the language that is about to come their way!
So we dived in. We began making little worksheets that helped students visualize what Pablo was telling them as he made comparisons and told stories. It’s great because the deeper we get into the episodes, the more confident they are understanding without our help!!
If you haven’t checked out Pablo’s work, I would encourage you to try it out and if you’d like to use the episodes we’re using, this is a link to the worksheets we’ve already made (and more will be coming this quarter). We plan to show episodes through Christmas and then in the spring we’ll begin our first episode of Internado!