The hit Spanish TV show El Internado, La Laguna Negra has completely changed my Spanish 3 and 4 classes. It is so compelling that my Spanish 4 class only wants to watch El Internado. They are hooked and addicted. Here is how I introduced and used El Internado for the first time in Spanish 3:
1) First of all, you need to purchase the TV series. You can get it through amazon.es or on Ebay. They are region 2 DVDs so they will not work in US DVD players. You need to download the VLC Player onto your computer and play the DVD using the VLC Player.
2) Before I showed the first episode, I pre-taught vocabulary. Here is some vocabulary that I taught for the first episode: EPISODE 1 VOCABULARY
For the second episode, we have done echar de menos a, la chacha, and pillar.
I did this by using TPR, PQA, gestures, etc.
3) While watching the episode with Spanish subtitles, pretty much after each scene, I pause it and talk about it. My students also fill out study guides. I do more study guide questions with the first few episodes as I find that the first few episodes are hardest to understand. Once they know what is going on and who is who, it gets easier to comprehend. Sometimes after each episode, we will read a summary. You can find some summaries and activities HERE. Mike Peto has a lot of great activities HERE. It took us almost 3 weeks to watch the first episode in Spanish 3.
4) After Episode 1, I showed these screenshots and asked lots of questions in Spanish. Who is this? Where is he/she? Who is Hector looking at? Is it a rich school or poor school? Etc…
5) We just started Episode 2 and my Spanish 3 classes are already getting hooked.
6) In Spanish 4, we are in season 3. They do not do any activities while watching the episodes. If they have questions about what is happening, they tell me to pause it and I explain it. After the episode is done, we might do a listening, writing, or reading activity. CLICK HERE to see some activities for season 3.
7) There is so much that you can do with El Internado. It includes lots of Spanish culture, for example. A couple warnings though: there is bad language and some scenes with more skin. It was on Spanish TV and they show more than we would on American TV (but it is not too bad).
Not only are my students hooked on it, I am addicted as well. Time now for me to watch the next episode!