AP THEME: Families & Communities, Contemporary Life
CONTEXT: Family Structure, Personal Relationships
Time to talk about LAITS-Liberal Arts ITS, The University of Texas at Austin. If you haven't yet seen, they have some amazing authentic Spanish videos/audios for students to practice their proficiency/performance- all organized by level and content. If you visit their site index they have vocabulary, grammar, transcripts and downloadable podcasts for each language task. These resources are so real, unscripted and original- aka AUTHENTIC. Although they are resources designed to help students studying Spanish, they are what I consider #authres gold. So valuable...formatively or sumatively.
To show you how we use these resources in class we've developed two different sets of activities/questions to accompany various videos related to Families and Communities. Both of these activities are from the 'Beginning' level on the LAITS website- #6 Parents' or Relatives' Work and #7 People's Physical Characteristics. These videos are great to complete with the entire class, in small groups or individually. I often do not show them the video of the speaker until the last time or until I'm through with the assessment. I want them to purely focus on what they're hearing not what they're seeing. The videos typically don't give anything away - and it's great because they use speakers from all around the world - but by waiting until the end it adds a little suspense to the task as well. It is teacher's discretion how many times to repeat the video - as a rule of thumb I usually repeat them three times, but sometimes my kids need less and sometimes they need more. Really what hurt is there by playing it one more time for them?
We'll definitely be developing more activities for this amazing website, but for now we hope you can use and enjoy these Novice Level, Families and Communities activities.
Find activities based on Authentic Resources. These activities are written for all proficiency levels, spiraling the AP themes throughout all levels of curriculum..