11 March 2015

Ganar el trofeo: Novice IPA #3 (inspiración)

I had originally thought I would use the video of the first-place skit my Spanish III class did years ago for interpretive listening:



But listening is tough enough with native speakers whose inflections are always intentional and at least sort of consistent, let alone with a pack of Spanish III students.

Now I may be losing the element of surprise spontaneity, but I went ahead and showed the full video to inspire this year's crop to do something at least equally cool. I knew full well they wouldn't really get what was going on from just listening, so they're actually going to be doing interpretive reading with subtitles on their choice of one of two 2-minute scenes.

I had considered handing over the (polished up) script for interpretation, but it was decidedly lacking in visual context for my poor little novices, and I couldn't see having them bounce back and forth between windows or their screens and a paper copy. So I subtitled the two scenes in the target language! (I figure the choice will let them feel like they're getting away with something and lower their little affective filters.)  I figure the TL subtitles are also a good way to build up their auditory skills before the next IPA based on a México tiene talento video.

Interpretive reading
I will also be providing the full script for each scene in Google Doc form to save rewind/fast forward time. Plus I'd like to have them directly annotate the script using comment features to highlight what they understand. I will also have some main idea questions for each scene since I've got a handful roaming Novice High territory.

INSTRUCTIONS: HIGHLIGHT ANY PHRASES/SENTENCES THAT YOU UNDERSTAND.
CLICK CTRL + M TO COMMENT ON EACH HIGHLIGHTED SECTION WHAT IT MEANS IN ENGLISH.

MAIN IDEA QUESTIONS (answer as many as you can, with as much detail as you can)
Los reyes católicos
  1. How does the pope feel about the king and queen’s news? Why?
  1. How do the king and queen react to Columbus’ news? Why?
Los artistas más hipster del siglo XX
  1. How do Dalí and Buñuel feel about politics?
  1. What projects are each of the artists working on?

Interpersonal communication
INSTRUCTIONS: FIND A PARTNER WHO INTERPRETED THE SCENE YOU DID NOT INTERPRET. SUBMIT A 1-3 MINUTE VIDEO OF YOUR CONVERSATION.

(Oh look the emphasized verbs are the same ones emphasized in our TPRS story! What a coincidence! I do wish I'd worked in a bit about costumes and judges, though...)

What kind of details ARE THERE in this skit that judges LIKE? What details in the script MAKE the skit more fun for everyone? What CAN our class do to MAKE a good skit too?

Presentational writing
(Going the simple route) Compose an email to your classmates explaining ideas you HAVE for how to MAKE a good presentation for the festival. How CAN we use techniques from the History of Spain skit to win?

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