You’ve been looking forward to this moment all day.
School’s over—it’s time to throw aside the papers and textbooks for the evening.
You’ve been daydreaming about this during each of your classes.
You’re about to sit down in front of the TV and binge-watch that exciting new show.
But there’s still something standing in your way.
You’re dedicated to immersing your students in Spanish language and culture.
If only you were a lazy teacher who didn’t care, right? You could be chilling already.
Since you’re awesome, one challenging task still stands before you and hours of relaxing entertainment: lesson planning.
Thankfully, you’ve stumbled across your savior in website form.
This post is here to provide you with all the resources you need to plan your next lesson in mere minutes, allowing you to get in some much-deserved couch time.
20+ Spanish Teaching Materials for Lesson Planning with Ease
What’s more exciting for students? Watching their teachers lecture in front of them with no supplemental materials, or looking at exciting PowerPoints while their teachers instruct?
Probably the latter.
PowerPoint presentations can be extremely helpful teaching tools in the Spanish classroom. However, making quality presentations is a time-consuming task that sucks precious, hard-earned leisure moments out of your life.
Thankfully, many of your fellow Spanish teachers have decided to share their work via numerous websites. Don’t worry anymore about wasting time planning lessons when you can just borrow the materials of others!
Even if you don’t want to use someone else’s prepared presentation in its entirety, you can always use them for inspiration or pick and choose your favorite slides.
Esaudio.net has a large collection of very comprehensive and specific PowerPoints, focusing on a number of topics from verb conjugation to vocabulary. One of the major benefits of this site is that it caters to more advanced students learning complex topics. Generally, it’s easier to find presentations geared towards younger learners on other websites.
For more options on Spanish topics for the classroom, visit Spanish 4 Teachers, where you can find PowerPoints related to any topic you could imagine. Not only can you find PowerPoints on this site, but you’ll also discover reading comprehension practice ideas and other exercises. One of the best aspects of Spanish 4 Teachers is that the site provides presentations for students at different levels of Spanish language ability.
World of Teaching is another site that compiles free PowerPoints for the use of Spanish teachers. This site goes for quality over quantity. While it’s true that there are only a few presentations available for use, the ones that are listed are well-made and great additions to any lesson plan.
For PowerPoint presentations on culture, holidays and activities from around the Spanish-speaking world, visit Spark Enthusiasm. Not only can you find colorful and informative presentations on the aforementioned topics, but also great ones about vocabulary, verb conjugations and other key topics.
Teaching Ideas is a site with not only PowerPoints but also worksheets on various topics for a number of skill levels.
With so many places to find free PowerPoints, it’s possible you’ll never have to make one yourself again! However, if you feel like paying the good deed forward, you can post your own presentations to these sharing sites as well.
Informative handouts and practice worksheets are also great resources to use in the Spanish classroom. Students can refer to them over and over throughout the course.
Yet, as with other supplemental materials, they take time to make. Why go out of your way to create something that other teachers have already made and shared on the good ol’ Internet? The following sites feature pre-made worksheets and handouts for use in the Spanish classroom.
Spanish 4 Teachers (to the rescue yet again!) includes Spanish worksheets for lots of different topics such as greetings & farewells, Hispanic culture, telling time and key Spanish verbs like gustar. It includes informative reference handouts as well as activities.
The website abcteach lists printable worksheets, flashcards, word puzzles, coloring sheets and a number of other activities and handouts. Although they are mostly for younger learners, you can also find some slightly more advanced activities such as correcting passages with errors in the text.
123 Teach Me provides Spanish teachers with an impressive selection of handouts, mostly for younger learners, but also offers a make-your-own-worksheet feature.
Spanish for You! is a site that offers great worksheets specifically for beginner learners of Spanish.
Education.com features many worksheets that you can sort by grade level and topic.
It can be a bit more tricky finding worksheets for more advanced students of Spanish, but they’re out there!
Expanish provides worksheets and other handouts for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners. The more advanced topics on the site include el futuro intermedio and el pluscuamperfecto intermedio.
Spanishresources.com dedicates an entire page to advanced Spanish worksheets. Many of them are interactive, electronic worksheets providing the answers once the users submit their responses. It features reading activities and much more.
Spanish Games Online
Stumped on what to assign your students for homework?
Check out the following sites for games that are as effective as they are entertaining. Assign the games for at-home activities or arrange a trip to the school computer lab to practice during class.
Digital Dialects is a site providing a number of games mostly for younger learners. Some of the games are fairly basic, like clicking on the correct image that corresponds to the Spanish word. But for certain classrooms, basic is exactly what you need to be looking for.
Hello-World puts a Spanish spin on classic games like Tic-Tac-Toe and matching games. Once again, the games on this site are relatively basic, but they are free, fun and give your students a great way to practice at home or in the computer lab.
MySpanishgames.com is another online collection of fun and entertaining games for use in Spanish class. One rather fun example is “Adventures in Llama Land” and another is “The Face Game,” which speaks the name of a facial feature in Spanish that the player then attaches to the digital face.
GenkiSpanish.com is a great little site for language learners which has loads of games for learning and practicing rather basic topics such as numbers, telling time and basic vocabulary.
One of the neatest aspects of the website Learn A Language that sets it apart is that it doesn’t just provide games for learning vocabulary, but it also has complete four-part mini lessons. Furthermore, the site provides games for more advanced learners on verb conjugation. The “Burrito Builder” game is even customizable based on the Spanish level of the player, so students can choose to really challenge themselves.
Check out FluentU’s post for more on Spanish number games online and incorporating them into your lesson plans.
Still yearning for more materials to make your lessons the best they can be? Yearn no more!
Thankfully, FluentU provides teachers with detailed lists on where to find even more resources for class. Check out this post for some ideas on where to find authentic Spanish audio resources such as interviews and Spanish books on tape, and this post for ideas on using videos in the Spanish classroom. Need ideas for games and cool activities to use in class? Click here or here for a few fresh ideas from FluentU.
Not to mention, FluentU itself is an excellent place to start when planning Spanish class activities. That’s because FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
These authentic Spanish videos are not only incredibly entertaining, they’re also levelled across six major skill levels. This will allow you to choose the perfect videos for your classes. Each one comes with interactive subtitles and learn mode features like multimedia flashcards and vocabulary lists.
FluentU Spanish videos are great for in-class activities and homework assignments, as each learner gets tons of personalized support from FluentU while watching and practicing.
Spanish 4 Teachers provides teachers with tons of resources including entire books for free download, project lesson plans and interactive short stories.
On The Best Spanish Websites Index, you can find newspapers in Spanish, information about bullfighting, insight into cultural activities from around the Spanish-speaking world and loads more.
See, wasn’t that easy?
Now it’s time to relax. Your lesson is planned.
Go enjoy your television veg-out, and binge watch in total peace.
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