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ab Initio Unit: Problemas ambientales

This unit focuses on Environmental problems. As it can seem a bit technical at the beginning it turns not that complicated if you connect it to their other subjects: Environmental Science, Biology, Geography, etc

Usually, most of the content of this unit is well known by our students, we just have to activate it in the target language and for that, it is fundamental we use their prior knowledge.


Presentation + Activities

Believe in yourself,
everyone else is already taken
Oscar Wilde
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ab Initio Unit: Relaciones

En el tema Relaciones se pueden tratar diversos aspectos, pero si hay que priorizar los más importantes serían la familia, y los amigos. Después hay temas que son muy interesantes como pueden ser los estereotipos o los festejos familiares. 

En el currículo específico se detallan:
  • amigos
  • familia y festejos familiares
  • animales y mascotas
  • asociaciones
  • comunidad
  • estereotipos





You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak

― George Clooney
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ab Initio Unit: Atributos personales

Usually this is our first unit when starting our ab Initio courses, along with greetings and introduction dialogues. 

The guide from IB recommends the following break down for this particular unit:

  • Casa: habitaciones, mobiliario
  • Dirección
  • Edad
  • Fecha de nacimiento
  • Idiomas
  • Nacionalidad

It is crucial that we introduce our students in a comprehensive manner to such important verbs in Spanish as Ser / Estar / Tener.

It is the perfect time to start talking about the difference between Ser and Estar. If you want to know more about this, please click here.

Something I always connect with this unit is body parts, if you want to know more about this, please click here.

In this presentation below you will find tons of visual resources to learn/teach personal information, basic numbers, physical descriptions and character along with activities.

Actividades en línea

Actividad oral
Selecciona=escoge=elige una imagen y descríbela, usa el grabador abajo para grabar tu respuesta y enviársela a tu profe.
Presta atención a sus comentarios y soluciona tus problemas.

Read a short story every day.
By the end of the week you would have read volumes of stories.

― Lailah Gifty Akita
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ab Initio Unit: El barrio

El barrio es una unidad que esté intrínsecamente conectada con la unidad de "La ciudad y sus servicios". Una forma natural de estudiar estos temas es de forma conjunta o uno después del otro.

Si no lo haces así, asegúrate de que mencionas la otra unidad y realizas conexiones de forma continua para que tus estudiantes comprendan las relaciones entre una y otra. 

En esta unidad puedes comenzar estudiando el vocabulario necesario a través de Quizlet (justo aquí abajo) y después puedes empezar con la presentación de GoogleSlides que te guiará a través del contenido de la unidad. La unidad se basa en preguntas y respuestas que ayudan a los estudiantes a adquirir el vocabulario necesario y también se pueden utilizar para interactuar en clase de forma permanente.

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing”
― Barry Finlay
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Los adjetivos

The adjectives in Spanish is something perfect to teach at early stages and practice agreement, ser/estar, etc.

It is important also to highlight that gender is variable from language to language, which can be masculine in German could be feminine in Spanish and viceversa, so they understand better language differences linked to cultural differences.

I did put together a presentation based on visual learning / comprehensible input to explain the articles to my students, you can find it here.

More Resources:

- Activity #1 [web]
-  Activity #2 [web]
-  Activity #3 [web]
-  Activity #4 [web]
-  Activity #5 [web]

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new
Albert Einstein
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ab Initio Unit: Compras

This unit is really rich in content. There are lots of new words to learn and connect to prior knowledge. 

It is also a great opportunity to review some basic content such as numbers, colors, basic questions, greetings, basic dialogues, etc.

Study your words first using Quizlet and then start with the presentation. In the presentation you will find a lot of opportunities to interact with your students, make the questions and let them answer, review their answers, let them come up with a dialogue on their own. Practice situations that might arise during their orals. For instance, a day shopping in the mall, shopping with the family, include daily routines, etc.

The presentation comes with activities to help internalize the content, prioritizing the oral interaction.

“Study without desire spoils the memory,
and it retains nothing that it takes in.”

― Leonardo da Vinci
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Mi cuaderno de lectura [Como agua para chocolate] Nivel Superior

Gracias a la fantástica Fátima Dif incorporamos nuevos materiales para el curso de Nivel Superior. En este caso, nos trae un cuaderno de lectura para la novela Como agua para chocolate, la novela escrita por Laura Esquivel en 1989 y que está incluida entre las 100 mejores novelas del siglo XX.

Si estás interesada/o en trabajar estos materiales, lee con atención las instrucciones que se proporcionan y descárgate el cuaderno de lectura en pdf. Recuerda que el trabajo no termina al leer la novela, lee los comentarios de tu profe y presta atención a las acciones recomendadas para mejorar. Una buena estrategia puede ser idea un plan de acción con fechas concretas para poder medir tu progreso.

El cuaderno de lectura consta de:

  • 10 páginas con preguntas que te ayudarán a guiar tu lectura y comprender y extraer conclusiones de una manera más ordenada y acertada sobre la novela.
  • Anexo 1: Una tarea creativa para seguir consolidando conocimientos después de la lectura de la novela.
  • Anexo 2: Un planificador para realizar tu trabajo escrito


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ab Initio Unit: Rutinas diarias

Daily Routines is a difficult topic at early stages because of reflexive verbs, sometimes our students struggle with the concept of what reflexive means. So that is something to pay a lot of attention to when teaching this unit.

Daily routines is perfect for making connections to the rest of the themes in your ab Initio course.
For example, we can talk or connect education and sports, global issues, time, etc.

But at first, get on learning your words for the unit with Quizlet:

Visual activities [already in the presentation]:

Education is a journey not a race

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ab Initio Unit: Vacaciones

This is a perfect unit to work on your Individual Oral and your Paper 2. Precisely, a diary and a postcard are two text types that are naturally connected to this topic.

Holidays are linked to joy, entertainment, family, friends, geography, transports, etc. 
Don't miss out on the opportunity of making connections to your other units.

It is also a good chance to work on past and future tenses or to talk about your dreamed vacation and use the conditional.

Actividades en línea

Expresar deseo

More resources:

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ab Initio Unit: El tiempo atmósferico

The weather fits into many categories, but being in ab Initio it ties to oral skills as it is a common question that may come up during the oral exam. It also connects naturally to environment, climate change, global warming, etc.

This is a express-unit, it must be something quick in your class, nothing you spend too much time on. You can always go back during another lesson and re-practice, re-teach a particular aspect if you identify that need in your class.

The unit is based in interaction, first students are exposed to some important vocabulary, after that comes a presentation with key questions that may arise in a conversation and provides students with opportunities to practice those communicative situations. The unit ends with a video on weather in Spanish. The assessment I do in this unit is an interactive conversation about weather related to environmental problems, geography (what's the weather like in ... ?), time (seasons), cities, etc.

Please, note that the Audio Recorder just works in Mozilla Firefox ;)
You can download it here.

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