Spanish Level 4- Activities Designed for Online Instruction

📽 Spanish Level 4, Activity 09: El Cine, The Movies (Online)

People sitting in a movie theater
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko

Description: Students will chat about popular movies and TV shows. They will discuss their opinions and preferences regarding movies and TV shows. Students will also decide appropriate ways to provide recommendations about what to watch. 
Semantic Topics: Movies, TV shows, favorite, popular movies, popular TV shows, recommendations, películas, teleseries, favorito, películas populares, teleseries populares, recomendaciones
Grammatical Structures: Circumlocution, el circunloquio

Products: Movies, short films

Perspectives: How do movies reflect Hispanic and Latino experiences or cultures?

NCSSFL-ACTFL 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 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of Hispanic cultures.
  • Standard 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of Hispanic cultures.

Idaho State World Language Standards: 

  • 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.
  • CLTR 1.3- Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.
  • CLTR 2.1- Analyze the significance of a product (art, music, literature, etc…) in a target culture.
  • CLTR 2.3- Justify the underlying beliefs or values of the target culture that resulted in the creation of the product.
  • COMP 2.2- Compare and contrast appropriate gestures and oral expressions in the target culture with the learner’s culture.
  • COMP 2.3- Compare and contrast authentic materials from the target culture with the learner’s culture.

 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: 

  • I can talk about my favorite movies / TV shows and why I like them
  • I can express my opinions about popular movies / TV shows
  • I can provide recommendations about what to watch


  • Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and opening the Google Slideshow.
    • Primero, vamos a leer los Can Dos para hoy.
  • Today we will talk about popular movies and TV shows. We will share our opinions and preferences about the entertainment world. We will also review how to give recommendations of what to watch.
  • “Hoy vamos a hablar de películas y programas de televisión populares. Vamos a discutir nuestras opiniones y preferencias en el mundo del espectáculo. También vamos a repasar cómo dar recomendaciones de qué ver.” 
  • For the warm-up, you will be put in pairs, and take turns answering the following questions. When done be prepared to share with the group some of your answers.
  • “Para el calentamiento, vamos usar los breakout rooms para que hablen en parejas sobre las siguientes preguntas. Después van a compartir algunas de sus respuestas con el resto del grupo.” 
    • Let’s talk for a bit
      • “Hablemos un poco” 
    • What is your favorite movie?
      • “¿Cuál es tu película favorita?” 
    • Do you watch programs on cable, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, or others?
      • “¿Ves programas por cable, Hulu, Netflix, HBO u otro?” 
    • What is your favorite TV show?
      • “¿Cuál es tu programa favorito?” 
    • Do you like watching movies in Spanish?
      • “¿Les gusta ver películas en español?” 


  • Once students have finished discussing the questions, have them go back to the main session and  play the movie trailer “Instructions Not Included” / “No se aceptan devoluciones”. This is a well-known movie with Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez. Let’s see if any of you have seen it.
    • “Ahora vamos a mirar un avance de “No se aceptan devoluciones” (“Instructions Not Included”). Esta es una película famosa con el actor Mexicano Eugenio Derbez. ¡Vamos a ver si alguno de ustedes la ha visto antes!” 
  • After, you will be put in pairs or groups, and each of you will get a turn to answer the following questions.
  • “Los voy a poner en pares o grupos, y cada uno de ustedes va a tener la oportunidad de responder a las siguientes preguntas.”
    • What do you think will happen in the movie?
      •  ¿Qué crees que pasará en la película?
    • What would be a good theme song for this movie?
      • ¿Cuál sería el tema de la canción para esta película?

Main Activity

    1. Students will play a game using the cards with the movies, TV shows, actors, and genres.
      Ahora van a jugar como Taboo o Heads Up con tarjetas. Las tarjetas tienen nombres de películas famosas, actores y programas de televisión famosos.
    2. You will be put into small groups in breakout rooms. You will divide the group in two and play against each other.
    • Van a estar en pequeños grupos en los breakout rooms. Tienen que dividir el grupo en dos para jugar el uno contra el otro.
    • It is very important that once you open the link to the slides you DO NOT look at the slides.
    • Es muy importante que cuando habran el enlace NO MIREN las diapositivas.
    • Everyone will take turns being a clue-giver, you can only then look at the slides but you have to go in order and keep track of the slides used or skipped.
    • Todos van a tener un turno dando pistas (clues), solo en ese momento puedes ver las diapositivas pero tienen que ir en orden y anotar las diapositivas que usaron o que se saltaron. 

3. You have 60 seconds to guess and can’t say any names or words relating to the slide.

    • “Van a tener 60 segundos para adivinar, pero no pueden decir nombres o palabras asociadas con la diapositiva.”


Ask the following questions to finish the lab:

  • Which cards were the most difficult? Why?
    • ¿Qué tarjetas fueron las más difíciles? ¿Por qué?
  • Who is your favorite actor?
    • ¿Quién es tu actor o actriz favorito/a? 
  • What movies do you recommend?
    • ¿Qué películas recomiendan? 

End of Lab

  • 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 labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: 

  • I can talk about my favorite movies / TV shows and why I like them
  • I can express my opinions about popular movies / TV shows
  • I can provide recommendations about what to watch


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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