Spanish Level 3, Activity 05: Medios de Comunicación / Media (Online)

Woman on a virtual meeting on her computer

Photo by Yan Krukov

Description: Students will practice initiating conversations, sharing their personal opinions, and giving their preferences. Students will discuss their daily use of technology and who they stay in contact with on a regular basis. They will practice different scenarios and express how they would handle a situation. 
Semantic Topics: Text messages, conversation, opinions, preferences, technology, emoji, Mensajes de texto, Conversaciones, Opiniones, Preferencias, Tecnología, Emoji
Grammatical Structures: future tense, conditional tense, el futuro, el condicional

Products: Technology, smartphones, text messages, word cloud

Practices: Giving suggestions and advice, working together in a group, problem-solving

Perspectives: The importance of good communication, how to address complicated or tricky situations

World-Readiness Standards:

Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.
Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

COMM 1.1 – Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
COMM 2.1 – Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics. COMM 3.1 – Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.
COMP 1.1 – Observe formal and informal forms of language.
CONN 2.1 – Access authentic materials prepared in the target language by or for native speakers.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can initiate conversations in the target language
  • I can bring the conversation to a close
  • I can give reasons for my preference
  • I can hold conversations regarding personal opinions with others in the target language (intercultural)

Materials Needed

Warm Up

1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and displaying the Google Slideshow on the screen.
Today, we are going to discuss our daily use of technology. We will chat about who we talk to on a regular basis and how we contact them. We will also decide how to appropriately navigate situations.

2. Students will answer open-ended questions. They will express their opinion and the reasoning behind that opinion.

  • ¿Qué es lo que te gusta sobre los mensajes de texto?¿Qué no te gusta? 
  • En tu vida diaria, ¿Quién te manda mensajes de texto, te escribe correo electrónicos o te llama por teléfono frecuentemente? 
  • ¿Eres una de esas personas que se comunica más texteando o hablando por teléfono? 
  • ¿Cuáles son las ventajas y desventajas de conocer a un amig@ en línea? 

Main Activity

1. Have the students go into breakout rooms and discuss the following questions!

  • Si tuvieran la oportunidad de enviar un mensaje de texto a sí mismos cuando eran pequeños, ¿qué consejos se darían?
  • ¿Cuál es el mejor consejo que han recibido? ¿Quién te lo dijo? ¿Por qué es lo mejor para ti?

Wrap Up

Ask students wrap-up questions to finish the activity. Have students show a classmate their most recently used emojis to see if they have any in common. Have them explain the stories behind their most recently used emojis.

  • Tienes que eliminar un emoji. ¿Cuál eliminarías? 
  • ✋👆👉👍👤👦👧👨👩👪💃🏃💑❤😂😉😋😒😭👶😸🐟🍒🍔💣📌📖🔨🎃🎈🎨🏈🏰🌏🔌🔑 
  • Un día mandas un mensaje de texto para tu novio/a a uno de tus padres. ¿Qué harías?
  • ¿Cómo crees que los celulares van a avanzar en 10 años? 

End of Activity

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. (Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

    Can-Do Statements:

    • I can initiate conversations in the target language
    • I can bring the conversation to a close
    • I can give reasons for my preference
    • I can hold conversations regarding personal opinions with others in the target language (intercultural)

    Cultural NOtes: 


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