Thanks to the positive response to the free Oye, Clase printable on our blog, we are uploading a new Oye, Clase worksheet–this time with native-speaker audio files and a core-verb focus.
When you see the download (zip file), it’s going to look like a lot, but in reality, there are only two things in the download: a worksheet and four audio files.
1. Core-Verb Worksheet:
Same worksheet, two versions, two copies (one with “yo” and one without “yo”):
Version 1: Low-ink printable version for making all the copies on none of the budget! File contains a two-per-page, three-per page, and six-per page option so that you can print what works best for you.
Version 2: Fillable PDF! Whether you’re in a no-paper classroom, doing virtual, or just don’t want to touch anything this year, this one-per page file is for you!
2. Four Audio Files
You can preview one of the four audio files (Audio File 1) on YouTube. In total, there are four audio files, each in three different formats:
Format 1: Audio files. WAV format.
Format 2: Video files. MP4 format. One set with verb self-check at end, one without.
Format 3: Link to YouTube playlist versions of four video files. One playlist with verb self-check at end, one without.
Because this pack includes audio and video files, it will take extra time to download and may take a long time over slow connections. THE ZIPPED FILE IS 35 MB.
Spanish Vocabulary Covered
This is a core-verb focused printable. The vocabulary you’ll find is present-tense:
Mi nombre es (’cause you want to know whose paper it is)
Yo (some versions)
In audio files only: interrogatives (cuál, a dónde, cómo, qué), questions in “tú form”
Several Versions Included
When we’re talking about Spanish verbs and especially verbs conjugated in the ﬁrst-person singular (i.e., yo), learners need practice hearing the verbs with and without the subject pronoun. The reason is that sometimes the yo is understood and sometimes it is added for emphasis or clariﬁcation.
For example, in Bomba Estéreo’s Soy yo video, the “yo” in the chorus is added for emphasis (and to match melody, etc.). However, in many other parts of the song, such as in the lyric “Sigo cantando,” the “yo” is understood and, since there is no need for emphasis there, dropped.
Each learner is on a different language journey, with some ready for understood pronouns and others, like early learners, needing them. Therefore, there are two versions of the same ﬁle–one with the subject pronoun yo included and one without.
In addition, we know some of you are learning in completely digital/virtual situations, so we included a ﬁllable version with yo and one without. How cool is that?
The way these downloads will best work for you depends on where your learners are and what you want them to accomplish. Happily, you have super ﬂexible options here, as even use people who don’t speak Spanish and substitute teachers can use (but probably not grade) these.
One way to use these call-outs for Spanish class is to have students listen to one speaker who calls out a question or statement (or use Audio Files 1-4). Students then have a certain amount of time to speak and/or write their responses. How one words the questions or statements will again depend on where students are in their language journeys.
Absolute beginners: Consider Audio File 1 or using the statements themselves instead of questions. For example: Mi nombre es… instead of calling out ¿cuál es tu nombre? or ¿cómo te llamas?
Practiced beginners: With this set in particular, consider using Audio File 2 or dropping the yo but still utilizing statements. This will enable verb focus. For example: tengo… instead of yo tengo.
After practice with interrogatives or intermediate students: Consider Audio File 3 or turning to “tú questions” so that students start to internalize and practice responding in the ﬁrst person. This tactic also works as a refresher after a break or to gauge where students are in a new environment. Examples include: ¿cuál es tu nombre? ¿cómo te llamas? ¿cómo estás?
Intermediate and beyond: This pack can grow to match nearly any learning level. So, instead of asking simple questions, you can expand statements so that students respond to a story or what you are telling them. For example, a teacher might say, En mi casa, tengo un pájaro, dos perros y una chupacabra. And, students would respond with tons of different answers, such as: En casa, también tengo dos perros pero tengo ni pájaro ni chupacabra. The more fun you have with these, the more likely your students are to try to respond creatively. Work in someone famous or something funny and enjoy the creative and sometimes wacky responses.
Beginning reading practice, particularly for elementary, junior high, or Spanish I? Absolutely! Especially if you’re trying to ﬁll a sub-binder or lesson folder. Check out the six-per-page version in the printable packet if you want to save ink and paper!
Homework or In-Class Practice
You’ll ﬁnd the aforementioned six-per-page version on page three of the printable versions of these ﬁles. You can even assign the full six-box page to each student as over-a-week homework or in-class practice such as bellwork. With six boxes per page, students can potentially experience the sequential progression of time at a very individual level.
Paired or Student-Led Activity
Try these call-outs for Spanish class as a paired or student-led speaking and listening activity. Have extroverted students? Students might, for example, form pairs and practice being the speaker then the listener. Need more in-class speaking exercises? Ask kids to take turns being the speaker-of-the-day. Have more advanced students? Ask them to take turns ﬁnding the question an answer they create corresponds to. For example:
• Student one: Dos tacos y un burrito
• Student two, depending on level: Yo tengo, tú tienes, yo quiero, tú quieres
The bonus learning involved in doing this as a paired activity is that students will eventually try to trick or confuse each other, which will then require linguistic negotiation.
Why so many versions: Your classroom is unique. Your kids are, too. You may be virtual. You may be hybrid or at home. You may be dedicating this year to reducing paper or ink. As much as possible, we wanted to make this set work for you–no matter what you’re doing in your learning. When it comes to audio especially, we don’t know what your work environment blocks or allows you to use or even what will work on your device. So, we gave you as many options as possible.
Audio/Video Files: We know that devices just do whatever they want and that schools have varying levels of blocking links to things like YouTube. That’s why we included so many audio/video file versions. If one version isn’t working for you, we recommend trying another device or another version of the files.
PDF: You’ll need Adobe (free) to access this file, as will your students if you’re going to use the fillable digital version of the worksheet. If you see any lines in the file when you download the printable version, please know that this is just a result of how Adobe makes the file appear on your screen but that these lines should not print.
Problems: If you have any problem whatsoever with your download, please reach out to me so that I can do my best to make it right. Your money and time are valuable, and I want to make sure you are happy with your purchase. One caveat, though: Unfortunately, I haven’t been trained in tech. support, so please try a different version of the audio/video files or another device before reaching out. You can also see the YouTube version of Audio File 1.
Contact Me: You can find my email address in the pack and also in all of the free resources I post here on MBT. Reach out anytime, even if you just want to chat about language, Botero’s art, the meaning of life, anything really.
Thank you for all you do for students and learners everywhere!