Engaging activities and video to explain hay vs. estar

Posted by Alvaro

We want beginner’s classes to have the possibility to watch videos they can understand and enjoy despite their limits in vocabulary and grammar.  With this idea in mind, we filmed ¿Dónde están las llaves?, a 5-minute video with lots of examples about the use of estar and hay, the prepositions of place, vocabulary of bedroom objects and other words such as aquí  and allí. The result is the easy-to-follow story of Carlos, a 13-year old boy from Spain who loses his apartment keys and seeks help in his good friend Daniel:

Your students will also have the chance to enter the real room of a Spanish teenager, and see the kind of things he has. The video also features shots of different buildings and a supermarket.

This topic is a great opportunity to do a variety of engaging exercises in class. The activities included in ¿Dónde están las llaves?   contain a listening exercise to draw a room following instructions, a pair work activity in which students will have to cooperate to find the seven differences between their pictures, and exercises to do before and during they watch the video:

¿Dónde están las llaves? has optional subtitles in Spanish like all our newest videos, and can be previewed and ordered from the icebreaker section.

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