Category Archives: festivals

La lotería de Navidad

For many, Christmas in Spain really starts today with El Gordo, the special lottery draw. The prize is big and, unlike other lotteries, it is not won by a single person but shared amongst thousands of people. Also, unlike other lotteries,  the numbers are sung by school children as you can see in this clip from […]

Christmas in Mexico

Want to know about Christmas in Mexico? Here are some useful links: Why Christmas? offers a simple description including key events. Read this article to find out about Christmas in Mexico, including the unique Noche de los rabanos in Oaxaca. Find out about Christmas in Mexico here and then ‘turn the page’ to compare it […]

Mi calendario 2015

Having a number of pupils who don’t celebrate Christmas, and to alleviate ‘Christmas saturation’ I tried to come up with a different activity for the last week of term for my pupils. Most of WPS have spent the last half term looking at days months and numbers so a calendar sprang to mind. And I recalled […]

Semana Santa en Sevilla – Tio Spanish

I found this video via Pinterest – a short video that explains Semana Santa in Sevilla using animation and real footage. You can switch on the subtitles to have the English appear across the bottom  although the two finger puppets explain well with key words appearing behind them. I also like these images (and more) […]

Día de Muertos

“Watch this beautifully animated, and heart felt, short film about a little girl who visits the land of the dead, where she learns the true meaning of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (sic).” Student Academy Award Gold Medal winner, 2013!! You can download the colour by numbers ‘calavera’  below (completed version on right) from […]

Manualidades de Pascuas

Cómo hacer  un Árbol de Pascuas   Cómo hacer un Pollito dulcero También se puede hacer una Gallina de Pascua   Cómo hacer un Huevo de Pascua de Chocolate – paso a paso   Algo un poco diferente – cómo hacer Angry Birds para Pascaus Cómo hacer Huevos de Pascuas y después, una canasta para […]

Barça, Barça, Baaarça! – #ILILC2

Materials and presentation from my second session at #ILILC2 – Barça, Barça, Baaarça! Barca – presentation Barca handout – links to things mentioned in the above presentation and more! comenius_spotlight_birmingham – information sheet from British Council on the project

Feliz Día de San Valentín

A day early I know but I figured it would be more useful to tell you about it BEFORE the day so that you might be able to use it ON the day… Via Twitter, I discovered this lovely activity from OnlineFreeSpanish.com for making Valentine’s Day cards. I particularly like this resource as it offers lots […]