Inside: Spanish songs for teaching Spanish 2 classes, with an emphasis on the preterite and the imperfect.
40 Authentic Songs for Spanish I has consistently been one of my top hits. I figure it’s time for Spanish 2 to get some love! Here are 30 authentic Spanish songs with preterite and imperfect verbs throughout the lyrics.
Of course, the content of Spanish 2 varies. In my classes, I look for lots of input in the past tense as we’re looking to communicate about past events. Our music, stories, and novels are preterite and imperfect-heavy, and I use many of the songs from this list. Click here if you are wondering how to teach Spanish through authentic songs.
Let me know if I missed any of your favorites, or should be aware of lyrics or parts of videos I may have missed! Always, always, preview of course. 🙂 (more…)
Episode 10: La clase de español
Introductions, -ar verbs, ser, bedrooms and bathrooms.
Game: Batalla Naval
Print out the Battleship games I have available as a freebie and fill in the verbs from Episode 10. (Or buy the Mi Vida Loca Activity Pack and print our ready-to-go games aligned to this episode!) (more…)
Quickly conjugating verbs is one of the main components to learning Spanish, but it can get boring to a restless group of teenagers. My favorite way to do this, and make it fun, is through Battelship Verbs. When we play this in class (which is often), the students are engaged and on-task the whole time, and they love it. They have been known to take a game to lunch just to finish it. Battleship is also my go-to when I have to quickly leave plans for a substitute teacher who doesn’t speak Spanish. It works for groups, two against two, or when you are tutoring one-on-one and play teacher against student. You can practice whichever tense and verbs you may be working on.
Each team gets a board and fill in their ships vertically and/or horizontally in the top section (the ships may touch each other but shouldn’t cross) . They must try to fill in the opposing team’s side and record their hits and misses on the bottom section. To guess certain squares, the team conjugates the verb for that square and the opposing teams responds with “agua,” “tocado,” or “hundido.”
Here are several printables. The blank ones include a game that uses vosotros, and one that does not:
Blank Battleship with Vosotros
Blank Battleship Without Vosotros
This one is for practicing regular verbs (can be adapted for any tense):
Battleship with Regular Verbs
And this one is for practicing irregular preterit verbs:
Battleship for Irregular Preterit Verbs