A simple and quick speaking project using a fun video about cars

Posted by Alvaro

“Autos, carros y coches” is much more than a video. The goal of this icebreaker is that students of beginner/pre-intermediate levels (Spanish I and II) get a model and ideas to do a speaking activity in class.

The video and the activities included in the package will help your students review the demonstrative adjectives in Spanish (este, ese, aquel, etc.) with examples about a topic they love: cars. The icebreaker also covers four-digit numbers, colors and nationalities.
In the 8-minute video, which you can preview in the icebreaker section, your students will hear a conversation between a man from Spain and a Mexican girl, so they’ll learn some of the different words used in Spanish to talk about cars, such as carro-coche or camioneta-furgoneta.

Once your students watch the video, and after correcting the different activities, they will be ready to work on the project, following these steps:
1. Each student should take a piece of paper to class with the photo of a car of their choice, the year the car was made and the flag of the country where the car is from.
2. Have your students place their papers around the class so they can be easily spotted.
3. The students will work in pairs and in turns (depending on how large your class is, you might want to do the activity in different days, which is a great way to review.) One of the students will be an expert on cars and his/her job is to explain the basic details about three or four cars to his/her partner. You could also change the situation: one of the students is a car dealer, and the other one a customer.

There’s an example in the video above, and here is the script and a possible continuation:
- Buenos días. Me gustaría comprar un coche.
- Buenos días. Nuestro mejor carro es este: es un Ferrari Testarrosa italiano, del año 1984. Es muy rápido y seguro.
- Ya, pero necesito un coche más barato, como ese.
- ¿El amarillo?
- Sí.
- Es un Seat 600 español de dos puertas. Es un buen carro.
- ¿Es muy viejo?
- Un poco… es de 1966.
- ¿Y aquel coche blanco?
- Es un carro muy cómodo y seguro. Es un Land Rover Defender inglés del 2009.

The project is simple and very flexible: more fluent students can make their conversations longer, adding more advanced vocabulary, while struggling students can stick to the model and focus on the demonstrative adjectives, 4-digit numbers, colors and nationalities.
Please lave a comment below if you have any question about the icebreaker or about how to follow it with this simple speaking activity.

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