Preliminary Spanish lessons for beginner high school students at the beginning of the school year to introduce them to the language and teach basic grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. This will help them develop a foundation for learning Spanish and be better prepared for more advanced classes as they progress in their studies.
In the preliminary Spanish lessons for beginner high school students, some typical topics include:
- Basic greetings and introductions
- Grammar fundamentals, such as subject pronouns and verb conjugation
- Common vocabulary words related to everyday topics, such as family and shopping
- Introduction to Spanish-speaking countries
- Role play conversations and speaking exercises
The 12 Lessons You Should Teach to Spanish Beginner Students the First Weeks of School
The 50 vocabulary words and phrases for this lesson have been divided into three sections:
- Performing Actions
- Following Instructions
- Asking for Help Phrases
Students discover and reflect upon the benefits of learning Spanish or any other foreign language with a series of videos and infographics. They will also create a poster with their Spanish learning goals.
Introduce the history of the Spanish language in a 3-minute video in English. Students will then answer multiple-choice questions about what they learned by playing an online class game. (Non-online version provided too.)
Two Speaking Latino original videos cover the alphabet and its pronunciation in Spanish. Students watch videos, take notes, and do oral practice from a presentation with audio clips from a native speaker.
Students learn the basic greetings in Spanish with a Speaking Latino original video. They take notes, complete the worksheet, and do the oral practice.
Students learn how to introduce themselves and others with a Speaking Latino original video. They take notes and complete the worksheet to practice.
Students learn how to say goodbye in Spanish in different situations with a Speaking Latino original video. They take notes and practice by assigning an appropriate goodbye caption to images provided.
Students learn how to express how they are feeling in different situations with a Speaking Latino original video. They also review that the subject pronouns YO and TÚ can be stated or implied in some expressions they have learned.
With two Speaking Latino original videos, students learn basic phrases to express likes and dislikes as well as basic vocabulary to use those phrases in context.
Students will be able to say and spell the numbers in Spanish from 0-100 and communicate the numbers to someone else for common purposes.
Students learn the days of the week, the months of the year, the seasons, and basic weather phrases in Spanish with two songs and a video.
Students work in groups to learn basic facts about Spanish-speaking countries. They will create a collaborative board online and present it to the class.
Tips to Teach Spanish Preliminary Lesson to Beginner Students
1. Speak slowly and clearly
When speaking Spanish, it is important to speak slowly and clearly so that students can distinguish individual words and understand them easily.
2. Use visuals
Showing visuals such as charts, diagrams or videos can help students learn quickly by helping them visualize the material being taught. For example, the Classroom Commands in Spanish Lesson Plan provides signs, posters, and presentations to illustrate each command.
It is also helpful to accompany some verbs with signs and gestures. For example:
- vamos a ver – point to your eyes
- vamos a hablar – open a close your hand closed to your mouth
- escuchen – point to your ear
- ¿Cómo se dice…? – shrug your shoulders and open your arms with palms up
3. Introduce grammar rules in small doses
Introducing too many grammar rules at a time can be confusing to beginner students. It is best to introduce one rule at a time with some examples of how they are used in sentences.
4. Stick to the basics
Teach basics such as greetings, numbers, colors, days of the week, etc. before moving on to more complex topics. This will give students a solid foundation on which to build their language skills.
5. Provide plenty of practice
Give students plenty of opportunities to practice and apply new material by incorporating activities like role play or storytelling into class sessions.
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