Input is key to learning a language and we want to make it fun. To encourage reading, I’m always looking for what they like to read. Facebook is a big one and now I know an easy way to find what I need.
Initially I “liked” the Tide Facebook page to get coupons. One day I noticed that they posted in Spanish. Then I started looking for other businesses that had Spanish.
On the Internet, I did a search in Spanish for “most popular businesses in Spain” and other countries. They listed Vodefone, El corte ingles, Bimbo, and Carrefour, which I recognized. Next I looked for these companies on Facebook. There were tons of them! Now I can show a little more culture.
But wait! Then I realized that this reading activity can be an interpersonal writing too. I made this document for them to respond. If you want it, right click on the picture, copy, paste on a Word document and stretch it out.
Now I have a larger variety of authentic, and current, readings. I’m learning that if I use one resource in many ways, then I do less planning. So this Facebook reading activity, becomes a interpersonal writing activity. Next they can write their own and have classmates respond to theirs.
Also many of these Facebook pages have links to their commercials on YouTube. Sweet! More listening activities. Now students can make speaking videos based on an example.
What Facebook pages do you “like” and use in class?
Great idea! I like the part about multi use resources= less planning!
Thanks for sharing!!!
I’m going to create a separate FB account just for that! I would have not thought of that. Since I’m a very private person, my friends are few and no “liking” for businesses happens on my boring FB page:) But a school page could be just that – a bunch of cultural resources all in one place. Thanks!
Good idea to keep work and personal separate.
Oh my word! What great ideas! Today we used http://www.infografias.com to read about twitter terminology in Spanish and then we tweeted about famous people’s fashion. Keep the ideas coming…the possibilities are endless with facebook businesses!
The Twitter and Infografias were thanks to this web page! Love y’all! 😀
I tried to copy and paste it as you mentioned, but it comes out blurry. Can you share again in your wiki? Thanks again! Great ideas!!
It will take until I get near a regular computer.
I got to a regular computer. It is on:
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What???? You didn’t go to Telepizza on Facebook? 😉
How could I have forgotten!?
How do you work with the interpersonal writing assignment? Which are the steps the students have to follow? Can you please let me know? Thanksss!!!
I print the paper. Cut in half. Give one half to each student. They write their own “post” in Spanish about whatever topic I give them in the top white box. Then they walk around and ask students to respond in Spanish to their comment below it. The commenter writes their name in the comment box too. They may talk in English, but as long as they get 10 different responses, I’m happy.
There’s a FB page called “Pensamientos, reflexiones y humor” or something similar to that. They post funny/clever pictures with Spanish words. Beware: some are inappropriate for school!