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Category: Publicity


Language Resident Name: Aleksandra Bystrova

Date: 02/09/2023

Class theme/topics discussed: NEWS: TRUTH AND FAKES

Goal of the class:

  • Students will identify for themselves news media where they can read the news
  • Students can distinguish truth from untruth in Russian
  • Students can lie in Russian

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up. Good News (10 mins)
    Share the good news; what positive and interesting things happened to you in the past week?
  2. Activity 1. Discussion about news (10 min)
    Students discuss the following questions in pairs: Where do you read/watch the news? What was the last shocking news item you read? How do you recognize fakes? Is it difficult?
  3. Activity 2. What words are associated with the newspaper? (5 min)
    I write the word newspaper on the board and ask students to write all the words they associate with it.
  4. Activity 3. Objects create news (15 min)
    Create a news story with the items from the picture. In pairs, choose three items from the picture and create a news story.

5. Activity 4: Fake News
In pairs, students choose one news story that is real and make up a fake one from it. They can use their phones to do this. They then tell both news stories to the class, and they have to decide which one is true and which one is fake.

6. Wrap-up. Do you agree or disagree (10 min)
Read these statements. Decide whether you agree or disagree with them. Think about the reasons for your answers.
– Now that we have the Internet, print newspapers are no longer necessary.
– News reports are always biased.

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

I really enjoyed this class. The students are very interested in the topic of news in Russia. They talked a lot during the discussion. The picture activity, where they had to choose several subjects, was very interesting. The students were very creative. Also the last activity worked well. Students were able to practice their presentation and lying skills.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I wouldn’t change anything. In my opinion, the class went very smooth, even though I was a little nervous to talk about news sources.

FR SP21 INT/ADV Advertising & Slogans

Language Resident: Marie Segura

Class theme/topic discussed: Advertising

Goal of the class: learning vocabulary about advertisement, learning more about French culture and especially the advertisement culture. 


ACTIVITY 1 – Slogans

  • Show the students a list of French slogans and a list of brands and ask the students to pair them up.
  • What are the characteristics of a good slogan? (repetitions, rhymes…)
  • In pairs, ask the students to come up with the best slogan to sell a simple object (something they use everyday).

ACTIVITY 2 – Discussing (French) commercials

  • Brainstorming: what aspects do publicists rely on to sell specific types of products? (eg for coffee: seduction, luxury…)
  • Show the students a French ad and ask them to guess what it is trying to sell + what aspects  are emphasized 
  • Reflection: show them an infamous car ad that was taken down and ask them what they understand + what they think about it. What is it trying to sell? Who is the target audience? Is it efficient?

ACTIVITY 3 – Create your own commercial

  • In pairs: give each group a picture of an impossible object. Ask the students to write the scenario of an ad promoting it: what is the target audience of the ad? where does it take place? Who are the characters? Is there music? What happens?
  • Present your ad to the rest of the class. 

Resources used:



Powerpoint, pictures of impossible objects

ES S21 INT/ADV Slogans

Language Resident Name: Tamara Olivos

Day and Date: April 28, 2021

Language and Level : Intermediate/Advanced Spanish

Class theme/topics discussed: Advertising

Goal of the class: to create a slogan for a product

How did you structure the class?

Warm up: Introduce the topic by asking the students which is their favorite TV commercial. Do you remember a specific commercial from your childhood? What is the goal of advertising a product? What makes a good ad?

Video 1: Introduce some vocabulary necessary for the video (trenzas). Talk about meeting the parents of the person you are dating. Then watch this Argentine ad “a todos nos puede gustar lo mismo”.

Alternative: ask students what they would want to ask the boyfriend/girlfriend of their kid. Write down the questions in the chat.

Mention the differences between Spanish from Argentina with other accents.

Activity for video 1: In pairs, students will have to create and ad for a beverage, creating a new slogan and drawing the TV commercial as a comic. Students will draw using Zoom whiteboard or paint.

Each group will share their work with the rest of the class. We vote on the best product and slogan. Would you buy this?

Video 2: The teacher will give the students a handout with the written ad with some missing words. They must fill in the blanks with the video. Play video twice.

Review their answers by asking each student to read one sentence. Explain the words they do not know.

Alternative: Assign a part of the video to small groups or have small groups fill out the whole handout. They can help each other fill out the handout because the video is pretty fast.

Alternative: compare to the 2020 version

Activity for video 2: We will watch the video a third time so the students can focus on watching the video only. After this they will answer some questions about the ad in groups of 2. They will share the answers to the class.

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

Handouts, Zoom and YouTube

 If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

Para los gordos, para los …….…….., para los altos, para los bajos, para los que ríen, para los ………………..….., para los que lloran, para los optimistas, para los …………………, para los que lo tienen todo, para los que no tienen nada, para los …………..…., para los que juegan, para los cerrados, para las familias, para los …………….…, para los reyes, para los …………….., para los ……………, para los náufragos, para los rockeros, para los que van, para los que van en tren, para los ………………, para los que sufren, para los motociclistas, para los de allá, para los que trabajan, para los de acá, para los ……….…….., para los que te quieren, para los que no te quieren, para los que te quieren mucho, para los que te quieren poco, para los ……………..……, para los nudistas, para los supersticiosos, para los originales, para los …………….………, para los calculadores, para los pelados, para los ………., para los que leen, para los que escriben, para los ……………….………, para los gemelos, para los distintos, para los …………………., para los que viven solos, para los que viven …………………, para los guiteros, para los que …………………, para los primeros, para los últimos, para los hombres, para los……………………, para ella, para los músicos, para los transparentes, para los fuertes, para los que…………..………, para los que participan, para los que suman, para los que no se callan, para nosotros.

  1.  Explica el eslogan del anuncio
  2.  Público al que se dirige
  3.  Características del producto
  4.  La voz en “off”: ¿tiene siempre el mismo tono? ¿Por qué?
  5.  Cuál es la imagen principal. Señala ejemplos en los que aparece fija la imagen, otros en que el plano se mueve y otros en que la imagen aparece y desaparece.
  6.  ¿Por qué al final al decir PARA TODOS sólo aparece una botella?
  7.  ¿Cómo es el ritmo del anuncio?

ES S20 ADV Advertisements

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Blanca Barranco Lafuente

  • Credit: José Gómez 

Day and Date: 20th February

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Spanish Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Advertisements

Goal of the class: 

  • To understand cultural differences through advertisements 

How did you structure the class? 

  • Warm up: Students answer some questions about publicity (e.g. Which was your favorite advertisement of the Super Bowl? Where is publicity more effective?) 
  • Activity 1: Students watch a controversial US commercial and comment on it. They will then compare it with Spanish commercials. 
  • Activity 2: Students get a handout with different slogans and they have to guess which product the slogans are selling. Then they watch the real advertisements.
  • Activity 3: Students speak about the importance of adapting the different advertisements according to the target culture. In small groups, they analyze the existing differences in the same Coca-Cola spot for Spain, Mexico, Argentina and Peru. 
  • Extra final activity: Debating the advantages and disadvantages of personalized advertisements. 
  • Extra final activity (2)Speaking about subliminal publicity. Testing students by placing blue pictures of idioms with eyes over Oldenborg and asking them to choose a part of the body and a color to see if these subliminal posters had some effect on their choice. 

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

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • YouTube 
  • Handout with slogans 
  • Posters for the subliminal publicity activity

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

The whole class worked very well. They talked a lot and were engaged all in the activities. They specially liked the last activity of the subliminal test, since they were not able to notice the signs around them and were very surprised. 




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