Activity on ‘como si’ with the imperfect subjunctive at B2 level

This engaging activity is designed for B2 level Spanish students to practice using “como si” with the imperfect subjunctive while working with popular proverbs. It offers an interactive way for students to reinforce their understanding of this grammatical structure and encourages creativity and humor in the learning process.

Materials Needed:

  • A list of jumbled proverbs
  • A list of corresponding attitudes or personas
  • Game boards for teams or pairs (optional)
  • Dice (optional)

Gameplay:

  1. Proverb Matching: Begin by providing students with a list of jumbled proverbs. Each proverb should be divided into two parts: the first part of the phrase and its corresponding follow-up. For example:
    • Proverb 1 (Part 1): “Ojos que no ven,”
    • Proverb 1 (Part 2): “corazón que no siente.”
  2. Teams or Pairs: Divide the class into teams or pairs, depending on the class size and preferences.
  3. Matching Challenge: In this phase of the game, students must work together to correctly match the first part of the proverb with its corresponding follow-up. They should arrange these phrases to form complete proverbs, such as “Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente.”
  4. ‘Como Si’ Challenge: After successfully matching the proverbs, introduce a fun twist. Provide a list of attitudes or personas that students must adopt when reading the proverbs using “como si.” For example:
    • “Read the proverb as if you were a rapper.”
    • “Read the proverb as if you were terrified.”
    • “Read the proverb as if you were a baby.”
  5. Creativity and Performance: Each team or pair takes turns choosing an attitude or persona and then reads the matched proverbs using “como si.” This step encourages creativity and humor as students must adopt the chosen attitude while delivering the proverb. For instance, if they choose “Read the proverb as if you were a rapper,” they might say, “Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente, como si… ¡fuera un rapero!”
  6. Points and Winner: Consider assigning points for creativity, humor, and effective use of “como si” with the imperfect subjunctive. The team or pair that accumulates the most points wins the round.

Proverbs Included:

  • Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente.
  • Perro ladrador, poco mordedor.
  • Cuando marzo mayea, mayo marcea.
  • Mejor solo, que mal acompañado.
  • Quien fue a Sevilla, perdió su silla.

Objective: The goal of this activity is to enhance B2 level Spanish students’ ability to use “como si” with the imperfect subjunctive while also familiarizing them with popular proverbs. By adopting different attitudes and personas, students can creatively practice this grammatical structure and gain a deeper understanding of its usage in context.

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