Language and Section:  Intermediate Spanish 01


Date:  13.September.2011

Class theme/topics discussed: Stereotypes I

Goal of the class: Making students talk about stereotypes. These are very common nowadays so it is something familiar for students. At first we talked about stereotypes closer to them (school, university) and then we moved onto more general ones (social stereotypes, between men and women…).

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

We started up with a warm-up, Pictionary (vocabulary related to the previous class). After that we moved onto the stereotypes. They had to come up with as much stereotypes as possible for Spain and I would write them down on the board. Then we did the same with stereotypes for the US. Afterwards I showed them a video of some Spanish stereotypes and explained a little bit since they didn’t understand everything. We talked about other stereotypes, e.g. between men and women and also stereotypes of kids in school.

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

.ppt and a video from youtube.

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

I think they liked the fact that they had to come up with ideas to find stereotypes for Spain and the US. And they also liked to learn some “slang” vocabulary to define some characters in the school, e.g. “coqueta”, “ligón”, “empollón”, “bonachón”…

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I could’ve also had them working in pairs or little groups and discuss about some of the main stereotypes of Spain and the US.

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.