Those of you who have used my other set of maps (the free maps) probably want to know why I put together a second set. There are several reasons, the first is that I get bored very quickly and after doing the first set for several years, with several groups, I knew there were other ideas I could implement. The idea of teaching the alphabet while learning geography worked well, so then I added some basic information without maps. I wanted my students to know from the outset that some countries were very large, others very small and that in some cases the small countries were very densely populated. I also found that I had to keep going back to show Spain on one side of the ocean and the other Spanish speaking countries on the other side of the ocean many times.
Contextualized maps! Practice the alphabet and geography, first with basic information and then with a game. Learn to recognize the shapes of different Spanish speaking countries! Practice the pronunciation of the names of the countries! Analyze and compare the size and population of different countries and compare them to your own country. Make logical conclusions with the information. Combine lots of content with very elementary language. Only with content-based units is it possible to introduce so much cultural information!
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1. Subject matter: geography; countries and languages
2. Vocabulary: alphabet, countries, capitals, languages
3. Grammar: es / no es; es / son; singular and plural of nouns
4. Oral practice: names of countries, capitals; alphabet game
5. Homework: indentify countries where different languages are spoken
6. Internet: key words for Net search
7. Model tests
8. Teacher's guide
Entirely in the target language.