Binge watching good commercials can be just as entertaining as the shows! Thanks to the #langchat community, here are some great videos to get you started. Plus I added a few follow up activities that you can use immediately.
Here are some generic “I can” statements that could be used with most of these commercials.
Note: If you keep this in the target language, then you are doing so much to support our 5 C’s! Just think about that for a minute… Communication, Culture, Connections, Community, and Comparisons.
I encourage you to watch the videos, especially if you do not speak the language fluently. It reminds me of what it is to be a novice learner and how I need to adapt my tasks/activities to meet their proficiency level.
Merci to Wendy Farabaugh for sharing this sweet one.
Great advice from Megan Sulewski who suggested the above video – Search “Noēl” on the site CulturePub to find some great ones to use in French. http://www.culturepub.fr/?s=noel Merci Megan!
Did you notice the “Pour vote santé” disclosure at the bottom? That alone can lead to some interesting conversations about regulations in France.
Pick and read some of the comments under the video too! Maybe a little Agree/Disagree activity can be done with those. Also the past “lotería” commercial are great too. I devoted a whole day to just talking about this tradition. For intermediate levels, this site has lots of great articles that will prompt some opinions.
Danke to Juan Carlos Morales for these two gems…
“Ist das lecker!” If every trip to the grocery was like this, I’d go more often.
I don’t know if I’m mad, happy, or what after watching that! Danke to Karla Garza for sharing it.
This definitely represents the holiday spirit, but it’s not specific to Christmas. If you have a better one to share, please comment below or email us to update it.
These are all different ways you can get more learning from the commercials. I love these because they are easily adapted for any topic. They are definitely a part of my teacher toolbox.
I can tell someone about an awesome holiday commercial.
Megan blogged about using a similar form before, and I just gave it a holiday twist and put it in the past tense. This has been perfect for supporting novices and emerging intermediates to get them describing. If you are not a Spanish teacher, try to figure all of those out. The icons are pretty powerful in this format. (If anyone wants to translate it, I’ll format it! Just email – email@example.com)
Here’s one way to do a lesson to support the “I can” statement. I prefer a jigsaw strategy to give this lesson a reason to communicate about the commercial.
I can talk about how a commercial represents the culture.
Another way to use the same commercials is to focus on the culture. If they can identify cultural products and practices, then it helps them to connect to the unique perspectives. Read this “Aspects of Culture” post to find out more about that.
Three Kings’ Day with a Career Connection is another post with ideas about watching commercials to identify persuasive techniques. ELA connection!
I hope this gave you a few practical lessons to do with those great commercials!
Do you have any authentic resources that would fit this challenge?
Do you have any related personal experiences?
PLEASE share below in the comments!