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Middle School, High School
  • Introduction to Spanish
  • Las Invitaciones
  • invitation
  • listening
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    Making plans and arranging activities to do with friends and family is part of life.  There are events in life we celebrate and have parties for in both cultures, some unique in their own ways.  In this seminar you will learn about how to accept and decline invitations by learning new vocabulary and practicing in different modes of communication.  Are you ready to make a date and study some vocabulary?

    ACTFL Standards

    • Communication: Interpretive Communication and Presentational Communication

    • Comparisons: Language Comparisons

    Learning Target

    I can tell someone what I am doing

    Habits of Mind

    Thinking flexibly

    Critical Thinking Skill

    Decision Making


    Introductory warm-up activity.

    "Do you want to come to the movies tonight?"  Often times in life we get invited to go to places by face to face, over the phone, via text messages, or a paper invitation.  What are some common ways to decline or accept these invitations?

    Academic/Concept Vocabulary

    View the vocabulary terms here.


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




    Learn vocabulary about accepting and declining invitations here..

    Espanol - Invitations

    Use this interactive to practice and learn the vocabulary terms you will need to understand for this Seminar.
    Choose your study mode!

    Explore More

    Learn about the Spanish singing artist Malú here and listen to her song "Quiero":


    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.

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

    • After reading about Las Fallas in your padlet, is this a celebration you want to participate in?  Why or why not? What kind of excuse would you give, in Spanish?


    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.

    Another very important festival in Spain is San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain.  San Fermin is also known as the "running of the bulls." While many people associate this festival with the madness of people running away from bulls in the street, there are many other things that go on during the week long celebration.  Using the San Fermin website take a look at the upcoming or previous "programme" of the celebration.  Pick one of the days of the celebration and answer the following questions in complete sentences, in Spanish (make sure you use the vocabulary in your padlet to  answer the questions).

    1.  ¿A qué hora es el encierro de toros?

    2. ¿A qué hora hay un concierto?  ¿Quién canta o toca?

    3. ¿Qué evento te gustaría ir a? ¿A qué hora es?

    4. ¿Qué otros eventos hay ese día?

    5. ¿Puedes correr con los toros en las calles? ¿Por qué?  (Look at the pictures before you respond)


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

    1. Write a reflection essay answering the following questions:

    • What is the most polite way to decline an invitation in Spanish?  What is the most rude way to decline an invitation in Spanish? Do you ever think you will use these phrases in the future?  Why or why not?


    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.