Spanish Level 3, Activity 05: Medios de Comunicación / Media (Face-To-Face)

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Medios de comunicación / Media Novice High


Students will practice initiating conversations, sharing their personal opinions, and giving their preferences. Students will discuss their daily use of technology and who they stay in contact with on a regular basis. They will practice different scenarios and express how they would handle a situation. 

Proficiency Level:

Novice High


Text messages, conversation, opinions, preferences, technology, emoji

NCSSFL-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.

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.
  • COMP 1.1 - Observe formal and informal forms of language.
  • CONN 2.1 - Access authentic materials prepared in the target language by or for native speakers.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can initiate conversations in the target language
  • I can bring the conversation to a close
  • I can give reasons for my preference
  • I can hold conversations regarding personal opinions with others in the target language (intercultural)

Materials Needed:

Google Slideshow 


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

"Hoy vamos a hablar de la tecnología que usamos todos los días. Vamos a charlar sobre las personas con las comunicamos frecuentemente y que formas usamos para contactarlos. También vamos a decidir como navegar situaciones de formas apropiadas."

2. Students will get into small groups and answer open ended questions. They will express their opinion and reasoning behind that opinion. 

a. ¿Qué es lo que te gusta sobre los mensajes de texto? ¿Qué no te gusta?

b. En tu vida diaria, ¿Quién te manda mensajes de texto, te escribe correo electrónicos o te llama por

teléfono frecuentemente?

c. ¿Eres una de esas personas que se comunica más texteando o hablando por teléfono?

d. ¿Alguna vez tu pareja terminó la relación por un mensaje de texto o has terminado la relación con tu pareja por un mensaje de texto? ¿Crees que es buena idea hacer eso? ¿Por qué sí? ¿Por qué no? 

“Ahora, van a formar grupos mas pequeños para hablar sobre estas preguntas .”

Main Activity

1. Have the students think of some words of advice and share with the class. As they explain why they would that advice, the lab assistant should create a word cloud on the board with common ideas. 

First as the students:

Si tuvieran la oportunidad de enviarse un mensaje de texto a si mismos cuando eran pequeños, ¿Qué consejos se darían?              

2.  Ask your students:

1. “¿Qué palabras son las más frecuentes? ”

2. “¿Por qué son necesarios estos consejos?”

3. Give these scenarios to the students in small groups to discuss: 

1. Tienes que eliminar un emoji. ¿Cuál eliminarías?

2. Un día mandas un mensaje para tu novio/a a uno de tus padres. ¿Que harías?

3. ¿Cómo crees que los celulares van a avanzar en 10 años?   


Ask students wrap-up questions to finish the lab. Have students show a classmate their most recently used emojis to see if they have any in common. Have them explain the stories behind their most recently used emojis. 

1. ¿Cuáles son los emojis que usan más frecuentemente?

2. ¿Tienen un cuento que va con ese emoji?

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 initiate conversations in the target language
  • I can bring the conversation to a close
  • I can give reasons for my preference
  • I can hold conversations regarding personal opinions with others in the target language (intercultural)

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