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September: Most of the activities included in Monumento, Ciudad, País, our latest icebreaker about greetings, the alphabet, numbers (1-10) and Spanish speaking countries.

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Monumento, Ciudad, País is a hilarious TV contest you can use in the first days of a beginners Spanish course. The goals of this icebreaker are:

  • Grammar: the alphabet and numbers 1-10.
  • Vocabulary: countries and cities.
  • Communication skills: how to keep a basic conversation in Spanish (hola, buenos días, buenas tardes, buenas noches, ¿cómo te llamas? , me llamo…, soy…, encantado/-a, mucho gusto, igualmente, ¿de dónde eres? , soy de…, adiós, hasta luego, chao).

In the 9-minute video, which includes optional subtitles in Spanish, several contestants call a TV program to try to guess the monument, city and country hidden in the panel. They’ll test the patience of the presenter with all kind of unexpected answers:

The writing and audio activities that accompany the video will prepare your students to get the most of it, covering the numbers, the alphabet and the basic expressions used in the video.
There’s also an exercise to do while watching the program -which will help them not to get lost at any time-, the answer key and the transcript of the video and audio files:

There are two slides you can show the whole class: one to start the lesson and a final review, in which students will use what they’ve learnt to have fun playing their own versions of Monumento, Ciudad, País.

Watch and download the video and activities through the icebreaker section of this site.

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