Affirmative TU commands in Spanish are used to give a direct order or request to someone familiar, like a friend. These commands use the informal “tú” form of the verb and require students to be familiar with the conjugation of verbs.
To use these commands, students should first have a basic understanding of how to conjugate regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs in the present tense. It is also beneficial to be familiar with stem-changing verbs as many affirmative tú commands use the same irregularities that occur in present tense conjugation. Additionally, students should know about reflexive verbs and object pronouns before attempting to use affirmative tú commands.
Check out these suggested lesson plans (and sub-plan) as well as the resource sheet at the end with additional activities for your classes.
Affirmative TU Commands Spanish Lesson Plans and Activities
Affirmative TU Commands; Present Progressive – Parts of the House and Household Chores Lesson Plan for Spanish 2 – Students learn about affirmative TU commands after a class discussion guided with a presentation and a rap song. They will also review the parts of the house vocabulary with an authentic real estate video in Spanish and learn the gerund to form the present progressive. Includes two presentations.
Affirmative TU Commands – Classroom Items and School Activities Lesson Plan for Spanish 2 – Students review the vocabulary with a game and video. Then, the imperative is introduced with a comic strip, followed by an explanation that includes the irregular verbs. Finally, they create and present an ad that promotes a fictional robot that follows commands. Two presentations included.
Affirmative Irregular TU Commands – Modes of Transportation, the city, getting around town Lesson Plan for Spanish 2 – Students will be able to identify and describe basic modes of transportation as well as their city/town. They will also give and respond to basic commands that are represented by irregular verbs.
My Favorite Recipe Substitute Lesson Plan for Intermediate-Advanced Students – Students will use cooking vocabulary and informal tú commands to recreate their favorite foods in recipe form in English and Spanish. Students will create a recipe card showcasing their favorite dish.
Informal Commands Mini Lesson Plan for Spanish 3 (Lección Preliminar) – By the end of this lesson, students will be able to give informal commands to people about actions relating to the school and use direct object pronouns to make their communication more concise and describe previously mentioned concepts.
Spanish Song Activities to Practice TU Commands
These Spanish song cloze activities include three versions, the video link, and a short artist bio. Choose the version that is most suitable for your student’s level.
- Spanish Song – Cloze Aventura – Dile al Amor – Affirmative and Negative TU Commands
- Don Omar – Pura Vida – Informal TU Commands
- Camila – Aléjate de mí – TU Commands