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How to Teach a Lesson in Elementary Spanish Class Using a Video Clip- Step by Step

I LOVE USING VIDEO CLIPS IN MY ELEMENTARY SPANISH CLASSES-they are a great authentic source of input, and can generate lots of communication and interaction in the target language. And, of course, my students LOVE watching videos, so I am always happy to tap into that interest to increase motivation. I call these 'VIDEO WALKS' after the term 'picture walk' used in gen ed literacy to describe the activity of "walking" through a picture book prior to reading it, just looking at the pictures, talking about them and predicting what will happen in the story.

how to teach a lesson in Spanish class using a video clip

SO, HOW TO TEACH A LESSON USING A VIDEO CLIP? Here's my break down of a short Pocoyó video for Valentine's Day. My goal is to practice vocabulary in context by stopping the clip at intervals and asking a series of questions my students can answer. You will note I make lots of use of the 'either/or' question- these are great for novice learners as the answer is embedded in the question, providing linguistic support for your varied learners, and helps the entire class stay in the target language. I also do a lot of pointing to parts of the video, especially if it is vocabulary that they may not know, but is obvious if I point to it on the screen- 'balsa' (raft) for example. Typically when I am using a clip/ video for a lesson, I will first show the clip, stopping at intervals and asking questions, and then show the clip a second time without stopping so my students can just watch it. Since we've already gone through and asked questions and elicited reactions, that has primed the mental pump and I often have kids calling out vocabulary we've just used during the first run through. Modify the questions to suit your students!

POCOYÓ- Paisajes Románticos:

0:01: ¿Cuál es la fecha? (What is the date?)
0:05: ¿Toca la música Pocoyó, sí o no? (Is Pocoyó playing music, yes or no?)
0:12: ¿Toca el piano Ely o Pato? (alternate: ¿Toca el piano Pato, sí o no?) (Is Ely or Pato playing the piano? alternate: Is Pato playing the piano, yes or no?)
0:12: ¿Es Ely una bailarina o dentista? (Is Ely a ballerina or dentist?)
0:12: ¿Está llevando Ely un tutu o un sombrero? (Is Ely wearing a tutu or a hat?)
0:12: ¿De qué color es el sombrero de Pato? (What color is Pato's hat?)
0:24: ¿Hace frío o hace calor? (Is is hot or cold?)
0:24: ¿Cuántos icebergs (témpanos) hay? (How many icebergs are there?)
0:24: ¿Toca el violín Pato o Pocoyó? (Is Pato or Pocoyó playing the violin?)
0:24: ¿De qué color es la balsa? (What color is the raft?)
0:24: ¿De qué color es el sombrero de Pulpo? (What color is Pulpo's hat?)
0:30: ¿Tienen Ely y Pato hambre o sed? (Are Ely and Pato hungry or thirsty?)
0:30: ¿Qué comen Ely y Pato, espaguetis o la pizza? (What are Ely and Pato eating, spaghetti or pizza?)
0:40: ¿Van Pato y Ely en carro o en avión? (Are Pato and Ely in a car or airplane?)
0:40: ¿De qué color es la bufanda de Ely? (What color is Ely's scarf?)
0:40: ¿De qué color es el avión? (What color is the airplane?)
0:40: ¿Es Pato dentista o piloto? (Is Pato a dentist or pilot?)
0:51: ¿Qué forma se aparece en el cielo? (What shape appears in the sky?)
1:00: ¿Qué hacen Ely y Pato, bailan o cantan? (What are Ely and Pato doing, dancing or singing?)
1:09: ¿Toca el piano o la guitarra Pocoyó? (Is Pocoyo playing the piano or the guitar?)

¿Te gustó el video? (Did you like the video?)

WANT TO SEE A LESSON IN ACTION? Here is one of my Second Grade classes with the trailer to a movie about Ratoncito Pérez: (I have several others on my Youtube channel here)


  1. This is great and so timely for me - I'm presenting at Central States next month on mining authentic video for (elementary) gold. I'll be sure to bookmark this and send participants here for more tips! ¡Gracias, Julie (y Pepita)!

    1. Thank you Sara! Best of luck on your presentation!