Spanish Level 1- Activities Designed for Online Instruction

🤔 Spanish Level 1, Activity 03: Cognados y Los Amigos Falsos / Cognates & False Friends (Online)

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Description: Students will practice identifying cognates and false cognates by playing a game of Kahoot and looking at different advertisements in Spanish.
Semantic Topics: Advertisements, cognates, friends, false cognates, new vocabulary, anuncios, cognados, amigos, cognados falsos, vocabulario nuevo
Grammatical Structures: cognates, cognados
Products: Advertisements
Practices: Marketing, socially appropriate discourse in advertising
Perspectives: Value of having a variety of choices, connections between Spanish and other world languages

World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 – Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 4.1 Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons between Spanish and English.
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 4.2 Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons between Hispanic cultures and their own.

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 1.1 – Compare and contrast information acquired from other content areas.
  • CONN 1.2 – Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.
  • COMP 1.2 – Identify patterns and explain discrepancies in the sounds and the writing system in the target language.
  • CONN 2.1 – Access authentic materials prepared in the target language by or for native speakers.
  • COMP 2.1 – Identify, describe and compare/contrast products and their use in the target culture with the learner’s culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can recognize words that are similar in English and Spanish
  • I can answer a simple yes or no question
  • I can use cognates to guess the meaning of a word when similar to English

Materials Needed

Warm Up

Materials Needed for the Warm Up

  1. Open the Google Slideshow. Then, introduce the activity to students and review the can-do statements:
    Hoy, vamos a hablar sobre los cognados. Un cognado es una palabra que es muy similar en inglés y español también. Por ejemplo: ¡carro es ‘car’ en español! ¿Cuál es otro ejemplo en inglés?
  2. Go over the meaning of cognates and false cognates.
    Un cognado es una palabra que es más o menos lo mismo en inglés y español. Un cognado falso, o amigo falso, es una palabra que parece lo mismo, pero no es lo mismo.
  3. Play the Kahoot game to practice identifying cognates.
    Vamos a jugar un partido de Kahoot.
  4. When there is a false cognate in the Kahoot, explain what the false cognate actually means.

Main Activity

Materials Needed for the Main Activity

  1. Go through the slides with the different advertisements and ask students to identify the cognates they find
    Ahora vamos a buscar los cognados en cada anuncio. ¿Cuales cognados encuentras?
  2. Repeat with each advertisement

Wrap Up

  1. Ask the following wrap-up questions:

¿Cuál es tu cognado favorito? (What is your favorite cognate?)

¿En tu opinion, hay muchos o hay pocos cognados entre el inglés y el español? (In your opinion, is there lots of few cognates between English and Spanish?)

 ¿Qué otros cognados pueden pensar? (Can you think of other cognates?)

End of Lab

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with cards
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Can-Do Statements:

  • I can recognize words that are similar in English and Spanish
  • I can answer a simple yes or no question


How to Revise or Remix a Pathways Project Activity

Feeling creative?  The Pathways Project needs your help in revising and remixing activities for the K-16 language classroom.

Try taking an activity to the next level by:

  • Add new content (something you’ve created or another OER source)
  • Contribute additional activity suggestions
  • Integrate authentic materials such as videos, infographics, photos, etc.
  • Suggest how to implement the activity in the classroom
  • Customize the content for a specific audience or group of learners (for example, K-5 learners or to differentiate for student’s needs)


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