A great way to build Spanish conversation as well as reading and writing skills is to write and perform skits. The process of writing and performing skits pushes students to creatively bring together the many verbs, vocabulary, and grammar concepts they have been learning in an open-ended communicative way.
I follow these steps to write a Spanish skit:
If you are teaching a class, write a skit together first. Come up with a theme and characters, and create a verb bank on the board for help. Students raise hands to tell you what the narrator and characters should say, and you write it on the board. The students also write it on paper.
Once you are done, volunteers act it out. Then let students write their own skits in pairs or small groups. For more fun, have them bring props to perform them at the next class.
HERE is an example of a skit my students and I wrote. It is in 4 small pieces because I put it in the computer and printed it into small booklets for the "performers".
Writing skits is not easy because the students will find that they can’t yet say things the way they want, but they will figure out clever ways to communicate using what they know. Once they get going, the language does begin to flow a little more easily.
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