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Interactive oral activities

Some useful resources for your interactive oral in class. Rubric included in the activity.
If you want to know more about this assessment click here
If you just need a refreshment on the basics:
- based on the core
- 10% of the final score
- oral / interactive / group
- does not need to be recorded

communication & Media
Global issues
Social relationships
Ciencia y transporte
Enfermedades olvidadas
Uber vs Taxi
El flamenco

This work has not been develop and/or endorsed by the IBO.

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Tasks by criteria - phase 1

Here, we'll compile assignments, tasks grouped by criteria and topic. Everything you can find in this post is phase or level 1.
If you have materials we can include in this section, do send them through. Remember, if you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange them we just have one apple each, but if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange them we both have two ideas now ;) 

A Comprensión de textos orales y visuales
B Comprensión de textos escritos y visuales
¿Cómo es tu familia?
- Beneficios del reciclaje 
Minicuento del reciclaje
Reciclar por colores: separación
- La Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla

Redes sociales
Lo malo de las redes sociales

C Comunicación en respuesta a textos orales, escritos o visuales
D Uso de la lengua de forma oral o escrita
El reciclaje creativo
Alimentación y salud
- La Dieta Mediterránea
La ciudad
Compara tu ciudad con una del mundo hispano [C+D]

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Activities to learn Spanish: Suffixes

Learning languages is always attached to learning skills, as many other things. Those who follow the IB curriculum have noticed that there are three main skills at beginners / intermediate level:

Through grammar activities, in this case suffixes, we can help our students to keep building on these three skills. Actually, you can always adapt your activities to do that, but keep in mind to be creative, otherwise your students will fall into a sleepy routine.
Check the resources to get the activities with full instructions.

Developing Mr Lewin's statement a bit more: challenge your students, give them something to think about, let them make mistakes, help them learn from their own mistakes, make connections to different topics/subjects, give them tools to grow rather than just give them information.

These activities can be connected to nationalities if you are working with emergent communicators. 

Do you know the game Hangman? Practice a bit what you've learnt in this post:

Too often we give children answers to remember
rather than problems to solve
Roger Lewin
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Learn Spanish with your phone: Mosalingua

Here we come with another interesting free app to learn Spanish, Mosalingua

Mosalingua is an app which learning strategies are based on cognitive principles. 
A fantastic feature you can enjoy with this app is that you can manage your review/revision of the classes taken. They will tell you what are you struggling with and they will tailor a review lesson based on what you had a hard time with while you were learning.

As many others, is very visual and intuitive so you can learn easy from your phone anywhere you go.

If you want to try more apps to learn languages, click here.

Get the app here.

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ab Initio Unit: Geografía

Geography is easy to connect with basic skills we need to develop in a language we are learning. Concepts like where, when, which, what... come up continuously and we can take advantage of these connections to take our students on a wonderful trip through language and content since the beginning of the learning journey.

This unit has been assembled keeping in mind specific ab Initio requirements but it is totally regular Spanish, AP Spanish, MYP... friendly. 

As usual, underneath you will find all you need to teach/learn this unit and as always, if you have anything you think can contribute in any way to this unit, please, send it through ;)

 Everything you need:

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Strategies: Diario de aprendizaje

This post is based on the GLAD strategy learning log. I learnt this awesome strategy from my super-pro-colleague, Rhonda and I've been using it since then because it really works to get the students start writing in a second language.
The purpose of this post is to help my students and their families to understand this strategy better.

What it is?

This document is a record of what happens everyday in class and the students personal life. To build up this connection we ask the students to think of something personal to connect to what they have learnt that day. 


A learning log is useful because it helps the student to keep everything organized, they promote metacognition and help them writing daily in a new language for them keeping the stress bar low. It also helps to create a safe and challenging learning atmosphere.
Because it is a great opportunity to practice the language on a daily basis and connect it to their academic and personal growth. That's why we ask our students to write just in Spanish. The only time they can write in English is when they use their cognates

How do we use our Diario de aprendizaje?

If we are familiariazed with patterns then we are all set, if not, a pattern is just a chunk of language that repeats and allows us to scaffold our students to express themselves in another language. For example, we can use the pattern Today I have learnt _____  to help our students express what they learn in class. As the students gain confidence with these strategies we will start moving to a more difficult/different patterns. For instance, we can move from Today I have learnt _____  to We have learnt ________ in Spanish class, offering variety of language to our students, exposing them to different important aspects of the language.

  1. Students pay attention to the class and take notes to collect the necessary information.
  2. At the end of the class the student spends five minutes writing down in their journals four things they have learnt during that class.
  3. He/She connects the learning with his/her own life, through a personal connection.
  4. Students need to jot down the date of every single entry in words and in Spanish.
  5. Take a look to the visual and/or the pdf if you still have questions on what to do.
Step 2:
Now that the students now the strategy and they are confident enough you can feed them with language maintaining a slow stress class environment. Start changing the patterns like in this document.
Step 3:
Now that students also know that the patterns can change and through them they can learn new vocabulary, expressions, conjugations... change them all and increase the difficulty of them.
Step 4:
In this step we've changed all the patterns considerably and walk our students through a way more challenging task.

You can (should) keep increasing the difficulty of the task and using it to teach/learn language.

Related links:
Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
Christian D. Larson
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MYP Rubrics & more

We all have the IB language guides and we all have the same thought: It would be way easier to have this in a table or at least in a different format.  Yeah! I had that same thought until I got bored of it and started just putting everything in a easier format to work with. Then I couldn't stop myself there and I kept creating resources to complement the rubrics. Along with the rubrics I have been working on more documents that come in handy for multiple purposes. 

MYP Unit Planner:
a template with guidance that fits the IB format. [Template found on the cloud, thanks to Locke School]

Task requirements:  
break down by phases. Really useful document to keep in mind everything in just one page.

What are we covering in phase 1?
This is a curriculum maps document for a school year. Remember that usually a phase takes two years to be completed ;)

Objectives and Assessment Criteria aligned with CEFR:
We all know that pretty much in all schools we have to juggle with two or more programs (IB, AP, DELE, CEFR, A Levels, IGCSE...) This is a document I use to put everything in one page.

Español MYP rubrics
Criterion A
Criterion B
Criterion C
Criterion D
Phase 4
Phase 5
Phase 6
Criterion A
Criterion B
Criterion A
Criterion B
Criterion A
Criterion B
Criterion C
Criterion D
Criterion C
Criterion D
Criterion C
Criterion D

If you have more documents that can complete this post and are willing to share with the community, please send them through ;)

Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.

Lyndon Johnson





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