As our novices are beginning to learn, they aren’t always comfortable speaking in front of the whole class. Helping them grow their confidence can be tricky! In my experience, it can be helpful to give them opportunities to work in pairs or in small groups with some scaffolded support. Speaking can be frustrating for your novices, but I have some ways to help! Check out these ideas for Spanish speaking activities to use with your students!
Spanish Speaking Activities Conversation Cards
I love using these conversation cards to scaffold students’ speaking skills. There are so many ways to use them, making them an amazing addition to your classroom. Simply download, print and go (or post and go)!
These question cards help your students start some conversations and practice family vocabulary, ages, likes, dislikes, schedules, telling time, family members, and just getting to know each other! Perfect for novice topics. I like to print them off so I have enough sets to have several small groups in the room, then I just let them take turns drawing cards and discussing the question they drew!
How Can I Use Them?
One of my favorite ways to use these cards is as a warm up activity! They are a great way to manage the class as they enter the room AND to practice their speaking skills. I place a packet at each of their groups or on a chair for them to grab and they get right to work as they come in the room.
Another great use for these cards is as an activity in stations. You can set them up as one of the spots the students visit during their rotations and it’s a great way to include speaking in a low-stress way for your students. Just pick the set that fits the topic your students are on, print, and go!
I’ve also used these as part of a short speaking assessment for students. While they’re doing some work individually, I’ll call a student over, draw a card or two and have them respond. Then I’ll just score them with the Google Form and call the next student!
Spanish Speaking Activities
Hopefully you’ve gotten a glimpse into the ways these conversation cards can be used to scaffold your students’ learning as they begin speaking. I also hope this gives you ideas for a low-stress activity you can use with your students. These cards can also be found in my Novice Conversation Cards Bundle.