I’ve been looking for ways to increase interest and motivation in my classroom, and one of the things I have landed on is having students choose a Spanish speaking city to “live in” for the year. I am going to pilot this with my Pre-AP Spanish class for the 2015-2016 year, as part of a much larger, much more exciting curriculum change that I will reveal to the world next spring (if it works out).
To get my students started on their new adventure, I know that I need to take a poll to find out where they want to live. Remember, my point is to motivate them, not stifle them. So, I created this Google Form that will lead them through at least one day of exploration of the Spanish speaking world. I have made a copy for you, too! If you would like to use it, please go to “file,” then “make a copy,” and it is all yours.
Here is what the poll looks like:
Just know that I chose the particular cities on the poll based on a variety of factors including population, geography, cultural richness, and other interesting things that could lead my students into a deeper intercultural understanding if they are to choose that location. I’ve decided to leave out Equatorial Guinea; what do you think of that decision? Although I would love to spend more time exploring that country with my students, I would also still like for them to choose a place that will allow them to also have a wider, more general view of Spain or Latin America. I have a feeling that I will add it in the future, though. I also did not include the Galapagos Islands as an option for Ecuador, and that may be one that I add in the future, as well.
Do you use target countries in your teaching? If so, how do you choose?