Spanish Level 3, Activity 11: Vamos al banco Parte 1 / Let’s go to the Bank Part 1 (Face-To-Face)

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Vamos al banco / Let's go to the bank Intermediate Mid


In this lab, students will continue to practice using terms and vocabulary regarding banking. They will build off of the vocabulary learned in the previous lab, such as banks, banking, money saving and transactions.

Proficiency Level:

Intermediate Mid


banks, money, transactions, savings accounts, deposit, withdrawal, checking account 

Relevant ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • “Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.”
  • “Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.”
  • “Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.”
  • “Standard 5.1 Students use Spanish both within and beyond the school setting.”

Relevant Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.
  • CONN 1.1 - Compare and contrast information acquired from other content areas.
  • CONN 2.1 - Access authentic materials prepared in the target language by or for native speakers.

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can participate in talking about money and use vocabulary for the bank.
  • I can learn simple interactions at the bank, such as how to deposit a check, withdraw money, etc.
  • I can utilize new vocabulary regarding money, such as "cuenta de ahorros." 

Materials Needed:


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and open the Google Slideshow.

2. Show the students the two video clips related to savings accounts and banking and give them a moment to jot down how the commercials make them feel. Ask them to share these sentiments with a partner. 

"Voy a mostrarles dos vídeos relacionados a las cuentas de ahorros y Uds. van a tener unos minutos para escribir cómo se sienten después de ver los vídeos. Después, van a compartir sus emociones con otra persona."

3. Now, come up with a list of emotions that could be used in advertising. 

¿Cuáles son las emociones que se implementa en los anuncios?

Main Activity

1. Next, ask the students to work with their partner to design a commercial tailored to college students to encourage them to save money. The commercial should try to echo the sentiments they felt in the first commercial OR if they change the sentiment, they should explain the emotion they are trying to trigger before starting the commercial.

"Uds. van a trabajar con una pareja. Necesitan diseñar un anuncio (comercial) de un minuto para los estudiantes de la universidad para animarlos a ahorrar. El anuncio debe evocar las emociones que se sienten sobre los vídeos del calentamiento. Si cambian las emociones deben explicar esta emoción."                


1.  Have the students present their commercial to the whole class to finish the lab,. 

"Ahora Uds. van a compartir su anuncio con la clase."

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can participate in talking about money and use vocabulary for the bank.
  • I can learn simple interactions at the bank, such as how to deposit a check, withdraw money, etc.
  • I can utilize new vocabulary regarding money, such as "cuenta de ahorros." 

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