Spanish Level 4- Face-to-Face Activities

🍿 Spanish Level 4, Activity 09: El Cine / The movie theatre (Face-To-Face) Remix by Briana Livingston

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Remixed by Briana Livingston
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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

Proficiency Level: 

Intermediate High

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.
  • Standard 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of Hispanic cultures.
  • Standard 4.1 Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons between Spanish and English.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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
  • I can compare a Spanish-language film with an English-language film.

Materials Needed: 


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and opening the Google Slideshow.

“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 como dar recomendaciones de que ver.”

2. Students will get with a partner and answer these questions, before moving on we will discuss as a group a few of your responses. Let the students know they should be prepared to share!

“Para el calentamiento, vamos a hablar de algunas preguntas con una pareja. Después van a compartir algunas de sus respuestas al resto del grupo.”

“Hablemos un poco”

Use the genre image/handout and questions on slide 6 as well as the questions that students discussed in pairs to guide the whole-group discussion as well as give students input with the genres.

3. Once students have finished discussing the questions, play the movie trailer “Instructions Not Included” / “No se aceptan devoluciones”

“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!”

4. After, have students get into pairs or groups (no more than 3) and make predictions about the movie’s genre and wat the plot will be. They will also compare it to a movie in English, and, if there is time, determine a song that could accompany the film.

Main activity

1. Students will play a game using the cards with the movies, TV shows, actors, and genres.

“Ahora van a jugar Taboo o Heads Up con las tarjetas. Las tarjetas tienen películas famosas, actores y programas de televisión famosos.”

2. The cards have famous movies, TV shows, actors, and actresses. Either Taboo or Heads Up can be played or alternating rounds of each game can be played as well. Students can be split up into smaller groups or there can be teams playing against each other, this is up to the discretion of the instructor.3. Students will have 60 seconds. They cannot say any names relating to the word.

3. Split up the deck for the groups and have each one play through their deck, either Heads Up or Taboo. Once they are finished, have them switch decks and continue playing either Heads Up or Taboo. Whatever game is played is up to the discretion of instructor.


Ask the following questions to finish the lab:

1. ¿Qué tarjetas fueron las más difíciles? ¿Por qué?
2. ¿Quién es tu actor o actriz favorito/a?
3. ¿Cuál es tu modo preferido para ver películas o programas de televisión?

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!

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





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