A little bit of the Twitterverse, directly and indirectly
incorporated into class today via an activity that Martina Bex put together for one of her classes.
She captured various tweets on the hashtag #LoMejorDeMéxicoEs and created comprehension questions. I tweaked that and borrowed some of the tweets for my 2nd year students. I had them go through them without the use of dictionaries or translators. They did an amazing job at figuring out pretty much every tweet, and were entertained by the statements.
Then I put them into pairs and they had to try to come up with four tweets about #lomejordeCanadá.
Some had trouble thinking outside the box, some stuck to some very generic points and some took advantage to throw in Justin Bieber (because what would Spanish class be without mentioning Justin Bieber on a daily basis?), and others needed more guidance, nonetheless, they seemed to have a good time trying to put their tweets together. There were some slower to put together their tweets and didn't get to writing four. I had each pair choose their favourite two that they came up with and write them on the board.
I took pictures (see below) of their amazing hand writing. The next day we took a look at what they came up with all together. The tweets allowed us to learn a number of new words and explore some common grammar mistakes.
I enjoyed this activity. It was very simple to throw together, fun to execute and even more fun to see the results.
I didn't have them actually tweet out their statements as most do not have Twitter, although I had some offers from those that have accounts, to tweet out everyone's work, so perhaps I will have them do that so we can make a little mark on Twitter.