miércoles, 27 de julio de 2016

Guides for Gran Hotel

Image result for gran hotelAfter having so much success with El Internado in my Cultura y Civilización class, I decided that I wanted to use another television series for Spanish 3 and I decided on Gran Hotel. Gran Hotel is another highly engaging Spanish series. It does have some adult themes and would probably be rated PG-13.

So this past spring I bought Mike Peto's student guide for episode 1 of Gran Hotel. Using Gran Hotel in Spanish 3 went very well because Mike's guide is so thorough and comprehensible! On his blog, Mike shares so much about how to teach with television shows, so that helped me a lot as well. 

I contacted him and he invited me to collaborate on creating more guides. So far this summer, we have completed student guides for episode 2 and episode 3, with more on the way (hopefully two more by the end of August). At the beginning of the guides, Mike wrote a couple of pages (click here to read it) describing how he recommends using the guides. I highly recommend reading his explanation if you are interested in teaching with a television series. 


I think these guides are going to be one of my most powerful teaching tools! My colleague will be using them in Spanish 3 first semester and I am going to use them in AP Spanish second semester.

A colleague and I have also created a permission slip. In this permission slip, we included the reason why we are using this show: "Research shows that the triple connection between image, sound and text is a very powerful and engaging way for students to learn a second language. Watching this series  and hearing authentic native speakers will increase students’ listening comprehension skills while helping them improve grammar and proficiency. This is also an excellent way to expose students to Spanish culture."

My colleague also created this very basic personajes slideshow to use. This will be very helpful when reviewing the characters, especially during the first episode if it has been a few days since watching a scene.



I usually don't sell my materials, but Mike and I have put in so much time and effort into these guides that I have decided to go the Teachers Pay Teachers route with Mike. I think these guides are worth it! If you spend 15-20 minutes for 3-4 days a week with the method that Mike describes, you can spend 2-3 weeks on one episode.