Teaching Spanish Indefinite Determining Adjectives

Teaching Spanish Indefinite Determining Adjectives
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Learning about how an adjective can determine but also be indefinite can be confusing. This lesson plan clarifies the indefinite determining adjectives and gives ideas for methodical, meaningful practice.

Lesson 4 Objectives:

  • Students will understand the general properties of all determining adjectives.
  • Students will understand and be able to use indefinite determining adjectives.


Lesson Procedure:

1. Review determining adjectives. Revisit that there are many types of determining adjectives, but that they all have many things in common:

a. They always possess a gender and identify a quantity.

b. They always agree with the gender and number of the noun or name that they accompany.

c. They may be placed either before or after the noun or name that they accompany.

2. Review demonstrative adjectives, possessive adjectives, and numeral adjectives to ensure retention.

3. Introduce the concept of indefinite determining adjectives and give examples in English. Ask students to identify the indefinite adjectives in the following English sentences:

  • Give me some cookies from the jar.
  • She needs various pencils from the pencil box.
  • We have a lot of fun in Spanish class.
  • The school has too many students.
  • I need a few minutes to catch my breath.
  • There aren’t any options left to choose!
  • The other girls are mean to everyone else in the class.

4. Have students take out their organization sheets. Assign each student one or two words from the chart on indefinite adjectives and have them translate the word and write an example sentence using dictionaries or computers. As a class, go through each example, having the students complete their charts in the process.

5. After charts are finished, take students outside (if possible) and have them work with a partner to create 10 phrases describing the world around them with indefinite adjectives (i.e. some trees are green, there are too many cars in the lot, there are a few birds in the sky, etc.).


For assessment, collect the lists created from going outside to check on the phrases written. Like the other lessons in these series, this topic is an extensive one and must be taken slowly to ensure student comprehension. Small quizzes throughout this unit and one final test to assess all learning will most likely be the best form of assessment in this case.

Once your class has mastered the indefinite adjectives, you can move on to the fifth type of determining adjective: interrogative adjectives. For further learning in indefinite adjectives, this website provides further explanation: https://www.gramaticas.net/2010/09/ejemplos-de-adjetivos-indefinidos.html


This post is part of the series: Determing Adjectives in Spanish

This series brings students through all the demonstrative adjectives in Spanish: Demonstrative, Possessive, Numeral, Indefinite, Interrogative and Exclamatory.

  1. Spanish Determining Adjectives - Demonstrative
  2. Spanish Possessive Determining Adjectives
  3. Spanish Numeral Determining Adjectives
  4. Spanish Indefinite Determining Adjectives
  5. Spanish Interrogative Determining Adjectives
  6. Spanish Exclamatory Determining Adjectives