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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.


Individual Oral

“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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