Span 202, Lab 11: El gobierno y la política/ Government and Politics - Spanish Intermediate Mid

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El gobierno y la política


In this activity, students will have the opportunity to create a campaign commercial to run as the new president of Boise State. They will practice using vocabulary related to governments and actions that political figures take. Students will be able to discuss preferences relating to politics and government. 

Proficiency Level:

Intermediate Mid


politics, government, election, campaign

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 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of (target culture).

Relevant Idaho State World Language:

  • 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.
  • CLTR 2.1- Analyze the significance of a product (art, music, literature, etc...) in a target culture.
  • CLTR 2.2- Describe the connections of products from the target culture with the practices and perspectives of the culture.
  • CLTR 2.3- Justify the underlying beliefs or values of the target culture that resulted in the creation of the product.

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can understand a topic involving politics.
  • I can talk about my preference in a campaign.
  • I can understand terms about the government.
  • I can answer questions about a campaign. (Modified intercultural)

Materials Needed:

  • Google Slideshow
  • iPads/Projectors/in good class computer – to show ads from youtube


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

2. Get students started by having them discuss a few questions:

¿Ves las noticias? o ¿Te gusta ver las noticias?

¿Piensas que es importante estar informado/a sobre lo que está pasando donde vives?¿En el mundo o en general? 

¿Crees que es importante que haya noticias positivas?

¿Qué pasaría si los medios de communicación solo informaran sobre las malas noticias?

3.  Now students will watch a few videos. The first one is about some school children in Colombia and what they would do if they were president. The second video is Enrique Peña Nieto, the president of México, talking about the importance of voting.  

Ahora, vamos a ver algunos vídeos. El primero vídeo trata de algunos estudiantes que asisten a una escuela en Colombia y lo que harían si fueran presidente de su país. El segundo video es de Enrique Peña Nieto, el presidente de México, y habla sobre la importancia de votar. 

Otro video

México video (fast forward to when the video actually starts)

What do you need to make a persuasive advertisement?
¿Qué se necesita para hacer un anuncio persuasivo?
Are you interested in seeing campaign ads or do you avoid them? Why?
¿Te interesa ver los anuncios de campaña o los evades? ¿Por qué?

Main Activity

1. Boise State University has decided to hold open elections for the appointment of a new president. In partners, students will create an ad/announcement of two minutes long where they will present their qualifications and how they would make the university better. For example, “How would you fix/control/change registration fees?” or “What benefits would you offer the student population?” What are you, as president, going to do for Boise State?

La universidad de Boise State ha decidido tener elecciones abiertas este año para elegir un nuevo presidente. En parejas, van a crear un anuncio de dos minutos donde van a presentar cada calificación y cómo pueden mejorar la universidad. Por ejemplo, ¿Cómo vas a controlar los gastos de matrícula? ¿Qué beneficios vas a ofrecer a la población estudiantil? ¿Qué vas a hacer para mejorar la universidad de Boise State?

2. In their ad/announcement, students should include the following:

-A slogan for your campaign

-Who is your ad/campaign directed to? Ex: Women, men, professors, all college students or only freshman? or sophomores? juniors? seniors?, work-study students, a mix of people?

-Three things you are going to change/make better and how

-Witnesses/supporters that will provide backing/support for your ideas/campaign. For example: “Mariela should be our president because she is very caring and is going to work on lowering costs for students.”

-A final endorsement message

Sus anuncios, deben incluir lo siguiente:

-Un lema (slogan) para su campaña.

-¿A quién se dirige esta campaña? Ejemplo: Mujeres, hombres, estudiantes de primer, segundo, tercero, último año, profesores, estudiantes que trabajan, etc.

-Tres cosas que vas a mejorar y cómo.

-Dos testigos que puedan compartir un testimonio sobre su campaña. Por ejemplo: “Mariela debe ser nuestra presidenta porque ella es tan cariñosa y puede minimizar los gastos de los estudiantes aquí.”

-Un mensaje de respaldo (endorsement) al final.

3. After creating an outline for their announcement/advertisement, students will present to the rest of the group. Each group member should have a few lines. 


Ask the following questions to finish the lab: 

1. ¿Te gustaría hacer tu propia campaña presidencial en el futuro? ¿Por qué?

2. ¿Por qué es importante tener un anuncio de campaña?

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 understand a topic involving politics.
  • I can talk about my preference in a campaign.
  • I can understand terms about the government.
  • I can answer questions about a campaign. (Modified intercultural)

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