A Comprehensive List of Intermediate Spanish Lesson Plans
written by: Laura Wise
• edited by: Sarah Malburg
• updated: 2/10/2015
Never be lost for a lesson again! Collected here are 43 articles with lesson plans for intermediate Spanish classes. Topics range from grammar and parts of speech, verb tenses and vocabulary to lesson plans focusing on culture and conversation practice.
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Intermediate Spanish Vocabulary
Students of intermediate Spanish are taking the next step in their language learning. For one, this means learning new, more advanced and varied vocabulary to talk about a wider range of subjects. It also means that they are expected to start moving beyond rote memorization and use their existing Spanish skills to deduce strange vocabulary words from context and root words. These lesson plans and activities will help teachers expand their students' vocabulary and ability to talk about a range of subjects from the weather to shopping, family, jobs, emergency situations and more.
Intermediate students of Spanish should have a good grasp of present tense and are beginning to move on to more complex tenses and aspects. Tackling the preterite, imperfect, and various compound tenses can be confusing for English speakers. These lesson plans give clear instructions and activities on how to explain Spanish tenses to your students in a way they will understand. With drills, games, activities and ideas, several of these articles also have links to downloadable quizzes and charts.
When it comes to learning Spanish as an English speaker, much of the syntax and grammar seems backwards. There are also many idioms that simply don't translate from Spanish to English; for example, the use of "hacer" to talk about time. With these lesson plans, students will improve their grammar skills, learning more about the parts of speech, sentence structure and uniquely Spanish way of expressing certain concepts. The lesson plans listed are a mix of activity-based and vocabulary and memorization-based styles of teaching.
While the school system often stresses written proficiency in foreign languages, competancy in spoken Spanish is just as (if not more) important. Spanish conversation practice builds student confidence and fluency, as well as relating to written skills. Because most Spanish is generally spelled like it's pronounced and vice versa, lesson plans on conversation will give students a better grasp of skills like spelling, accented syllables and work on their Spanish accent. These conversation lesson plans are fun, interactive and creative, including games like Spanish madlibs, movement-oriented classes, and pronunciation tricks.
Culture and Countries of the Spanish-Speaking World
Having moved beyond the building blocks of learning a foreign language, intermediate Spanish lesson plans should add lessons about Hispanic and Latino culture to the curriculum. Everything about a country --- geography, history, arts, economy, etc. --- influences the people and, to some extent, the language. Spain alone has a complex history of wars, occupation by foreign powers, supremacy, poverty, literature and diverse dialects. With these project ideas and plans, intermediate Spanish students can branch out and discover the culture of the Spanish-speaking world for themselves. Whether it's designing a mural in the style of Diego Rivera or watching a Spanish-language movie, students will engage in the culture whose language they are learning.
With this list of intermediate Spanish lesson plans, you'll be able to cover all topics from vocabularly to culture! Keep students engaged, interested and learning as they begin the next phase of learning a second language. If you have any great lessons or ideas to share, please feel free by commenting below.