Using Smartboard Technology to Teach the Future and Conditional Tenses


ETAP 623 Fall 2010

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Unit 1 - Will/Would


As an introduction to this unit, I will ask students what words in English they use to talk about things in the future. As a result of our discussion, students will realize that the key word in English that will cue them to use the future tense in Spanish is "will". Similarly, they will walk away from the lesson knowing that the key word in English that will cue them to use the conditional tense in Spanish is "would". Because it flows well with this grammar, this unit we will be focusing on vocabulary about employment. Using the smart board, we will examine various avenues of how the words "will" and "would" are used to exemplify the future and conditional tenses. As a side note, because I cannot attach or link to smartboard activities here, I will put many of them into a pdf document, or take photos, etc. from the activities to give you a better idea of what I'll be using within the smart board activities. It is also important for you to know, that on activities, where eventually both the English and Spanish forms of words are displayed, that they would not appear at the same time when the students are participating in the activity. This is the only way, however, that I could present the activities to you for these purposes.

The smart board activities allow students to access information in more ways than one. There is the obvious benefit of the visuals that it provides. It gives me the opportunity to allow students to move about the room - in this case, I can select students to "drive" as we navigate around the newspaper, and in the vocabulary practice on the smart board, it allowed students to make a connection between the picture and the vocabulary word to help with their word association and retention.

Instructional Objectives

At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize when it is appropriate to use the future and conditional tenses in Spanish
  2. Use the correct key words for the future and conditional tenses when prompted

Pre-Requisite Skills

Prior to beginning this unit, students must to be able to:

  1. Understand the difference between the words "will" and "would" in English
  2. Recall the use of the simple future tense in Spanish

Instructional Activities

  • Ask students "what words do you use to talk in the future tense?" We wil have a discussion about the word "will" that we use in English to talk about things in the future. Up until now the students have been using the simple future tense, and therefore, straight conjugation of verbs into this tense will take a little practice to shift their habits to this tense. We will revisit the situations in which students used the simple future tense, and I will explain to them that they will now be able to use a simpler way to talk about things in the future tense.
  • Using the Smart board, we will take a look online at a local newspaper, specifically at the horoscopes. Examples of the way "will" is used will be highlighted through this activity. Here is a link to the page we will look at. [1]
  • Ask students "when do we use the word "would" in English?" We will also discuss situations in which we use the word "would" in English, and what that means when we use it.
  • Using the Smartboard again we will play the song "If I Had a Million Dollars", as the word "would" is frequently used in the lyrics. Here is a link to the video. [2]
  • I will give students their vocabulary lists for the unit and we will go through and translate each word into English. The unit vocabulary is about employment which flows very nicely with the future and conditional tenses. The unit verbs will be used in context as well and are also related to employment, although we will practice with more than just the verbs related to the unit vocabulary. Here is a link to the pdf of the vocabulary list. File:3 Unidad 5 Vocabulario.pdf
  • I will give students the opportunity to practice their vocabulary. This will partially be done individually with the attached practice activities, and with a whiteboard activity as well. File:3 Unidad 5 vocab practice.pdf The practice on the smart board is called "random word chooser" in which a selection of their vocabulary words appear. I like to do these both ways, starting with showing the students the Spanish words first. It is easier for students to give you the English meaning, especially when the words are very new to them. The smart board randomly bounces around the screen and stops on a random word. The students then are asked to give me the English translation of the word in a variety of ways.

Moving On...

Unit 2 - Regular Verbs in the Future & Conditional Tenses

Unit 3 - Irregular Verbs in the Future & Conditional Tenses

Unit 4 - Application

Unit 5 - Assessment