This is a communicative activity designed to get your Spanish I students using the language in an authentic way. Instead of practicing rote conversations and role plays, communicative activities provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and get answers to solve an authentic problem in the target language. It’s a meaningful and fun way to put new vocab and skills to use.
In this activity, there are two class schedules, but one has been partially destroyed by Student A’s cat. The other has been partially ruined by Student B’s dog. Together students can put the pieces together to recreate the day’s schedule.
Pair students up and give Student A the “gato” schedule and Student B the “perro” schedule. Students should have a clipboard or folder and sit in such a way that their partner CANNOT see their paper, and vice versa. (Pretend that it’s a phone conversation, if it helps set the mood). To fill in their blanks, students will take turns asking what classes are at what time (all in Spanish). It can also be helpful to use words like “antes” and “después” along with other circumlocutions as necessary.
This is challenging, and you may need to provide cues for the questions or model a practice round for your students, but the results are really worthwhile. This activity comes with an answer key for the teacher (i.e., the full schedule). It’s all presented as a Word doc, so you can easily edit to use specific vocabulary from your textbook or to make the schedule time slots, courses, and ordering look more like what happens at your own school if you wish.