Pobre Ana (Blaine Ray's TPRS Spanish story) Chapter 1, part 1 of 5

If you're a TPRS teacher and you've been presenting and practising stories in preparation for the reading of chapter 1 of Pobre Ana, hopefully you'll find this blog post useful.

I just want to show how easy it is to create a range of practice activities based precisely on the language that you want to focus on, using textivate.

To create the resources on this blog post, I typed in the text from the book and added some English to Spanish matching items. (NB: I split chapter 1 of Pobre Ana into 5 parts, and the resources in this post are just based on the first part.)

"La tomatina" (embedded video + embedded Spanish gap-fill)

This blog post features a video from RTVE showing some footage from today's "Tomatina" festival in Buñol (Comunidad Valenciana). The video has no commentary, but sets the scene nicely for the text / exercise which follows, which is a gapfill exercise based on a text about the history of "La tomatina" taken from the official tomatina website at http://www.latomatina.es/historia/

The gap-fill exercise is accessed via this button on the textivate menu screen:

The Tomatina festival takes place each year on the last Wednesday in August. Watch the video below of this year's Tomatina, which took place on Wednesday 29th of August, and then have a look at the exercise beneath it based on a text describing the origins of "La Tomatina".

Los deportes ("Initials" example)

The embedded activity below is based on a short Spanish text about sports, practising basic introductions, "me gusta(n)", "practico", "juego a" etc.

This is an example of the "Initials" activity, which can be accessed via this button on the textivate menu screen:

The exercise below can completed by typing in the missing letters, or you might simply use it as an oral stimulus.

Embedding textivate exercises

You can embed any public or shareable textivity on your own website, blog etc, just as I have done below.

If you open a text via the text browser, or via a direct hyperlink, or if you upload your own text, you will see a "share" button at the top right of all pages featuring that text. If you click this "share" button, you can copy the embed code into the html of your webpage or blog.