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Spanish Pronunciation and Listening Comprehension Activity for the Classroom

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Rebecca Scudder • updated: 9/11/2012

This activity lets your students practice pronunciation of target vocabulary while working on listening comprehension skills. Students will work in groups of twos as they pronounce, write and listen to the Spanish sentences you have created.

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    Spanish teachers will always need to provide opportunities in class for students to practice their pronunciation. Getting students to repeat new words after you is a good idea, but this is not enough. This activity lets students work in interactive groups to practice Spanish pronunciation and listening comprehension.

    Before class starts type ten to fifteen sentences in Spanish that use the vocabulary from the unit you are on. Now, type another ten to fifteen different sentences in Spanish that also use the target vocabulary. Leave a space between each sentence. Make enough copies of each set for half the class. Break the students up into groups of twos. Pass the first list out to one person in each group. Instruct the students not to let their partner see what is on the paper. Tell the class that the person with the paper is going to read all of the sentences one by one. The student who is not reading is to write out what he hears. When all of the sentences have been read the student who did the listening and writing will use the hand out to correct his work. Once this is done the group works together to figure out what the sentence means in English. They are to write their translation underneath the Spanish sentences. Students can use the book or their notes while translating.

    Once the first set of sentences have been read out loud, written, corrected for spelling and translated to English it is time for the next group of sentences to be passed out. The student who was reading during the first round will now be listening to the Spanish sentences and writing what he hears.

    Walk around the room during this activity. If you hear major pronunciation errors, which you most likely will, help the students out. When all of the groups have finished go over what each sentence means. Use this opportunity to discuss the grammar included in the sentences. This activity can be used from middle school up to college. It can also be used with any Spanish grammar or vocabulary that you are currently teaching.