Author:
Ashley Johnson, Amber Hoye
Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
Tags:
Celebrations, Dates, Holidays, Parties, Relationships, Spanish
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
Spanish

Spanish Level 2, Activity 10: Las Celebraciones y Citas / Celebrations and Dates (Online)

Spanish Level 2, Activity 10: Las Celebraciones y Citas / Celebrations and Dates (Online)

Overview

In this activity, students will discuss Spain's New Year's 12 grape tradition, going on dates in their own city, and their own holiday traditions. This activity could be modified from focusing primarily on the L1 culture to the L2 culture in order to integrate more culture into the activity. This activity is more conversation-based and less culture-based, though it does discuss some Spanish traditions.

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Activity Instructions

Activity Title (in your target language)

Las celebraciones y citas

Description:

In this activity, students will discuss Spain's New Year 12 grape tradition, going on dates in their own city, and their own holiday traditions. This activity could be modified from focusing primarily on the L1 culture to the L2 culture in order to integrate more culture into the activity. This activity is more conversation-based and less culture-based, though it does discuss some Spanish traditions.

Proficiency Level:

Intermediate Low

Keywords:

Holidays, celebrations, relationships, dates, parties

World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 - Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2 - Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 3.1 - Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through Spanish.
  • Standard 3.2 - Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the Spanish language and its cultures.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • CONN 1.2 - Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.
  • COMT 1.2 - Discuss personal preferences in activities and events both within and beyond the classroom.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about how I celebrate holidays and special events with my family and friends 
  • I can provide recommendations
  • I can talk about my past friendships and relationships, along with my plans for the future 
  • In my own and other cultures, I can identify how people celebrate local and national holidays or festivals (Intercultural)

Materials Needed:

Warm-up

  • 1. You will show students a video of a family ringing in the New Year in Spain. In Spain and other Spanish speaking countries, it is customary to eat 12 grapes when the new year begins. A bell rings 12 times, and with each ring, the people eat one grape. People practice this tradition to bring them 12 months of good luck. 
    • “En España y otros países hispanohablantes, la gente come doce uvas cuando el año nuevo empieza. Una campana suena doce veces y, con cada sonido, la gente se come una uva. Es una tradición que la gente hace para recibir doce meses de buena suerte o doce deseos (wishes) en el año nuevo.”
  • 2. To practice vocabulary, there will be different cards on the slideshow. Instructors should ask students “How do you say this?” (In Spanish). 
    • “Para repasar vocabulario, vamos a mirar diferentes fotos. Les voy a preguntar “¿Cómo se dice…?” y ustedes deben decirme la palabra de vocabulario en español.” 

Main Activity

  • 1. For the main activity, there will be question cards on each slide. Each question is related to celebrations or dates. 
    • “¡Vamos a charlar sobre las citas y las celebraciones! Hoy tenemos muchas preguntas de discusión.” 
  • 2. Students will take turns reading a question from the slideshow out loud. Then, two to three other students will answer. 
    • “Tengo varias preguntas en las diapositivas. Van a tomar turnos leyendo las preguntas. Un estudiante va a leer una pregunta a la vez y después, 2 a 3 otros estudiantes deben responder a la pregunta.”

Wrap-up

  • What is the easiest way to meet new people? 
    • “¿Cuál es la manera más fácil para conocer nuevas personas?” 
  • What is the best advice you’ve been given? 
    • “¿Cuál es el mejor consejo que te han dado?”

End of lab:

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with a comprehension checks either verbal or nonverbal
  • Encourage students to be honest with their feedback

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about how I celebrate holidays and special events with my family and friends 
  • I can provide recommendations
  • I can talk about my past friendships and relationships, along with my plans for the future 
  • In my own and other cultures, I can identify how people celebrate local and national holidays or festivals (Intercultural)