Authentic Audio: Physical Descriptions

Two of my favorite resources for audio are Audio Lingua and Spanish Proficiency Exercises. Each of these sites has audio organized by topic, so it is easy to find something that works with your unit. Since Spanish Proficiency Exercises includes transcripts with the videos, it is very easy to create cloze activities to go with the audio.

I’ve been using a simple cloze activity with this set of videos for years, but I changed the activity around bit this time and was quite pleased with the result.

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Cloze, sequencing, and comprehension questions all in one. 

Since my students each have a brand new laptop (we are finally 1:1! HOORAY!), I posted the audio on Schoology and let them complete the activities independently (both Audio Lingua and Spanish Proficiency Exercises include download links). We did a practice run as a whole class with the script for Deysibeth projected on the board, and then I set them loose to complete the rest of it on their own or with a partner. I haven’t tried doing audio activities independently very often in the past, so I was pleasantly surprised to notice that my students not only interacted with the audio more, playing it over and over again in an attempt to catch the deleted words, but were so much more engaged than they are when we do audio as a whole class. I also think adding the sequencing activity worked well, as it was easier than the cloze and gave students a sense of success. And, as always when using audio from native speakers, I love how this exposes students to different voices, different accents and rhythms of speech, as well as a wider variety of vocab (ojos pardos, bajito, peludo…the list goes on).

Here is the link to the activity if you would like to use it. The videos are linked above, as well as at the bottom of the activity.

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5 Responses to Authentic Audio: Physical Descriptions

  1. Maria Pilar Tompkins says:

    Querida Andrea; Mil gracias por el tiempo que te tomas en compartir este maravilloso documento está perfecto para mis clases!
    Eres muy generosa!
    Mil Gracias
    Maria Tompkins
    Teleconferencing
    Spanish Teacher

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  3. Lilian says:

    Are you still using Realidades? Which unit would you use this for? I teach novices Year 1 units 1-6.
    Thank you.

    • Andrea says:

      I do physical descriptions early in the year. I teach greetings, calendar, alphabet and numbers, then physical descriptions and personality adjectives, then gustar + infinitives.

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