If you haven’t used the BBC’s Mi Vida Loca before, you are in for a treat. It’s an interactive, online video series for beginning Spanish and completely FREE! It is also one of the few shows out there that’s not super cheesy. My students really get into it and beg to watch “just one more…” at the end of each episode.
Mi Vida Loca works well for both in-class viewing and as homework. The packet shown below can either provide accountability for those viewing at home or make it interactive for everyone when watching as a class. There is a LOT of information in each episode, and I found that if students weren’t taking notes/writing down vocabulary, they didn’t necessarily retain the info. I print out the entire packet, and they keep it for future reference since each episode builds on the ones before. Activity sheets for Episodes 1-5 are available as a free download as well!
**Please note that Mi Vida Loca requires flash! Safari and/or Internet Explorer generally work better for showing the series. The episodes themselves (not the interactive format) are also available on YouTube for free. Although the BBC page says that the show has been archived, this just means that the series is not longer being added to. You can still access it!**
Games, Songs, Videos, and Activities
Nothing motivates my students, builds community, and gets them involved like a good game. Click on the links below to find my favorite ideas for reinforcing the concepts covered in Mi Vida Loca through games and interactive activities. Once explained, these activities can take place 100% in Spanish.
And if you need to keep everyone accountable, download my euros printable, designate one student the “English vigilante” and you are good to go! I have also included links to related videos and songs. These are especially helpful if you have a more advanced class that needs extra resources.
Episode 1: En Madrid
Episode 2: ¿Un amigo?
Episode 3: Kilómetro cero
Episode 4: Merche y Jorge
Episode 5: Tapas
Episode 6: Un regalo
Episode 7: La oficina de turismo
Episode 8: Un billete de ida
Episode 9: ¿Hay un hotel?
Episode 10: La clase de español
Episode 11: La familia de Esther
Episode 12: Día de mercado
Episode 13: El restaurante
Episode 14: ¿Te gusta el vino?
Episode 15: Una excursión
Episode 16: La habitación 320
Episode 17: Otro color
Episode 18: ¿Quién conduce?
Episode 19: La inmobiliara
Episode 20: En la costa
The Activity and Game Packet includes:
Activity sheets for every episode
Answer key for every episode
21-page packet of extra printable games and activities
A teacher’s guide with ideas for every episode
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