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Middle School, High School
  • Introduction to Spanish
  • La Comida
  • cena
  • cultural
  • dinner
  • food
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    Time for Dinner

    Time for Dinner


    Steak or chicken?  Dinner in the American culture tends to be a heavy meal with various options and sides.  In this seminar you will learn how to say many of the common dinner foods in Spanish. So sit back and enjoy!

    ACTFL Standards

    • Communication: Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Communication

    • Cultures: Relating Cultural Practices to Perspectives

    • Comparisons: Cultural Comparisons

    Learning Target

    I can order a dinner meal.

    Habits of Mind

    Striving for accuracy

    Critical Thinking Skill

    Construct Meaning


    Introductory warm-up activity.

    You are planning Sunday dinner for your Mexican friends.  What will you make? There many food options for dinner, but can you say them in Spanish?

    Academic/Concept Vocabulary

    View the vocabulary terms here.


    Read and watch the resources to learn about this concept, then do the practice activity.




    Click here to read.

    Food Vocabular



    Play the match game in this interactive to practice and learn the vocabulary terms you will need to understand for this Seminar.  Choose another study tool to practice also!

    Explore More

    • Learn about Spanish eating customs here



    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.

    Based on what you learned in the Explore and Engage sections of this Seminar, answer the following prompt:

    • What are some ways you could share this vocabulary with your parents or family? Be specific


    Now it is time to self-check how much you have learned about the this topic.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.


    This is a task or project where you can show what you know.

    Imagine you and your friend are in Santo Domingo and are ready to go out for dinner.  Someone shares with you that the restaurant, El Conuco , is one of the best in town. Look over their website and menu and decide what you guys are going to order.  Fill in the blanks in the conversation with items you find in the menu and vocabulary words from this module.

    Marcos: Hola Miguel, ¿listo para comer?

    Miguel: Si, me encanta la comida de la Republica Dominicana.

    Marcos: ¿Que quieres comer?  Vamos a mirar a los menus.

    Miguel: Yo quiero ________________________ del Menu de la Carta.

    Marcos: ¡Que rico! ¿Que es?

    Miguel: Es ______________________________. ¿Y tu? ¿Que vas a pedir?

    Marcos: Yo voy a pedir ____________________________ del Menu de la carta.  Es _________________________.

    Miguel: ¡Mmm! ¡Vamos a comer!


    Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning.  

    1. Write a reflection essay answering the following questions:

    • Dinner is most Spanish-speaking countries is not consumed before 8:00 PM.  Based on the readings and vocabulary you learned in this seminar, do you think you would be able to not eat dinner until 8:00 PM.  Why or why not? Make references to some vocabulary or culture items you learned this week to support your point of view.


    2. Post an Artifact.

    • Include an artifact(s) that contains specific experiences, readings, assignments, or discussions in this course that supports your point.

    • What did you learn by creating this artifact? Be specific.

    • How did this artifact and other course elements help you reach it? Be specific.