ELE past tense contrast activity with text

This ELE (Español como Lengua Extranjera) activity revolves around a pre-Hispanic legend that requires students to complete the text using various forms of past tense.

In this exercise, we present a captivating legend featuring two pre-Hispanic characters, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. However, we’ve intentionally omitted all the verbs in the text, providing students only with the infinitives in an incorrect order.

The primary objective of this activity is to challenge students to fill in the gaps in the text with the given infinitives, correctly conjugated in the appropriate past tense forms. They’ll need to decide whether to use the preterite, the imperfect, or the pluperfect tense, based on the context of the story.

By working through this exercise, students not only practice conjugating verbs in different past tenses but also engage with a captivating legend that offers a glimpse into pre-Hispanic culture and folklore. It encourages reading comprehension and reinforces their understanding of Spanish grammar in context.

To further enhance students’ oral expression skills related to the contrast of past tenses, we propose a second ELE activity. In this activity, students are encouraged to think creatively and come up with their own legend featuring two main characters who are in love.

This activity not only fosters their ability to use past tenses effectively but also promotes storytelling and creative thinking. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of past tenses while crafting a narrative that captures the essence of love and adventure in the context of Spanish-speaking cultures.

Overall, these ELE activities provide a comprehensive approach to practicing past tenses, from conjugation to contextual comprehension and creative expression. They engage students with the rich heritage of Spanish legends and encourage them to become storytellers in their own right, all while strengthening their language skills.

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