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I am thankful for: El Internado

This week I would like to reflect on what I am grateful for. First, I am so thankful for the Spanish television series El Internado: Laguna Negra. It has absolutely changed my Spanish III & IV classes for the better this year, even through we only watch it on Fridays. You can read about how I am implementing it in this postOver the summer I watched the show myself and put together resources including the 7 best resources for El Internado. The page I am most thankful for is the holy grail of awesome Internado resources by Mike PetoI visit this page on a weekly basis for ready made, wonderful, supplementary materials to go with the show. 
Marcos - Why the girls love El Internado source
Here are a few reasons why your Spanish class should watch El Internado: Laguna Negra:
  • It is highly engaging. 
    • It is an actual TV show (not a made for Spanish students crappy textbook series) with a complex plot, real characters, and suspenseful drama. On multiple occasions the bell has rung for lunch and students have stayed frozen in my room finishing an episode. (This is at a school where students literally sprint across the street to the cafeteria).
  • The cultural extension possibilities are endless. 
    • My Spanish III just finished a week long mini unit on Ratoncito Pérez based on the wonderful resources shared by Bethanie Drew. This Spanish equivalent to the tooth fairy plays a big part in episode 5 of season 1, and by studying him before the episode, they got a lot more out of the plot. (One student who had watched ahead said the episode made so much more sense after studying Ratoncito). 
  • Students are excited to come to Spanish class. 
    • Between El Internado & baile viernes, students literally run to class on Fridays. They have tried to convince me that all we should do is watch El Internado, and have used watching an extra day as a reward for meeting a class goal or for good behavior. 
  • It pushes my language skills as a teacher.
    • For the first time this school year I returned to school without the summer language slump. The input I received all summer watching the show helped my language skills as well. The show has allowed me to introduce advanced structures without sheltering grammar tenses that students are understanding. Yet, to do so you must pre-teach and PAUSE the show for explanation, rephrasing, and comprehension checks. It took us five classes to get through episode 1, but only two classes for episode 2. 
  • They watch it on their own.
    • I now have many students who are binge watching the show at home on their own time either using this site or Youtube. No, these are not just the creme of the crop high achievers. I have multiple students who have struggled to get to Spanish III, on season 4 of the show, spending entire Sundays of their free time watching episode of a TV show in SPANISH. Their Spanish is improving dramatically, they are addicted, and I could not be prouder. 
What are you thankful for this year?

9 comments

  1. I'm thankful for your blog! Your posts help me so much! Trying to find the time to completely revamp my class as TPRS/CI, it's hard and scary. Muchas gracias!

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    1. Thank you so much Tana! I am in the same boat with teh scary revamp. I have found that by just adding one unit, TV show, or activity you can baby step your way there with one class at a time. It does not have to be an all or nothing thing!

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  2. God is so good because I started showing this series this year to my Spa. 5 class. We are discussing, talking, enjoying and learning so much. Your blog and those of others help me be a better teacher. :) Gracias.

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  3. I am loving your blog! I teach Spanish at a small high school just south of Des Moines. I want to incorporate El Interado, but I'm having trouble finding the DVD's with Spanish subtitles. On eBay, they seem to be the ones that are downloaded from the internet and I've contacted a few sellers who have assured me there are no subtitles. I think it will help my students a ton to be able to read along en español. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks for all of your posts!

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    1. Thank you for reading! I bought my seasons from eBay user alexsusy29. All have Spanish subtitles except 1. I would only buy seasons with subtitles because I need them sometimes with accents or for as fast as they talk. I highly recommend using it! Let me know if you have any more questions.
      Allison

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  4. How do you get around the inappropriate content of El internado?

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    1. My students and their parents sign a permission slip at the start of the year. I have never had a student opt out of watching it. I just show it all and most students are quite adult about it, as they know if they make a big deal they will not get to watch it. My students are 16+ and usually see worse on network TV shows. I hope that helps!

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    2. Would you be willing to share your permission slip? I have forgotten if it is on your blog. Spanish II and IV are a good place to start, no?

      -Victoria Hamilton
      vrh1980@gmail.com

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