Present subjuntive evaluation ELE activity

This B1 level ELE (Español como Lengua Extranjera) activity is designed to provide students with practical practice in using the present subjunctive with structures related to evaluations. By engaging in this activity, students can improve their ability to express evaluations and opinions in Spanish while strengthening their understanding of the present subjunctive.

The activity is structured around two blocks: one with incomplete evaluation structures featuring either ‘ser’ or ‘estar’ that require a verb in the present subjunctive, and another block containing various concepts or words that fit into these structures. The objective is for students to match the evaluation structures with the provided concepts and create meaningful phrases using the present subjunctive.

The evaluation structures selected for this activity encompass a range of expressions related to opinions and assessments. These structures include “está fatal que” (it’s terrible that), “es una barbaridad que” (it’s outrageous that), “es bueno que” (it’s good that), “es fantástico que” (it’s fantastic that), “es un horror que” (it’s a horror that), “está muy guay que” (it’s really cool that), “es necesario que” (it’s necessary that), “es importante que” (it’s important that), “es malo que” (it’s bad that), “está mal que” (it’s wrong that), “es una pasada que” (it’s amazing that), “es raro que” (it’s strange that), “es un asco que” (it’s disgusting that), “está genial que” (it’s great that), “es una pena que” (it’s a shame that), “es inadmisible que” (it’s unacceptable that), “está bien que” (it’s fine that), “es una vergüenza que” (it’s a shame that), “es increíble que” (it’s incredible that), “es alucinante que” (it’s mind-blowing that), and “es horrible que” (it’s horrible that).

The concepts or words provided in the second block encompass a wide array of topics, including environmental issues, cultural references, food, sports, and more. Students must skillfully match these concepts with the appropriate evaluation structures and use the present subjunctive to create coherent sentences expressing their opinions.

For example, a student might match “el cambio climático” (climate change) with “está fatal que” and use the present subjunctive to say, “Está fatal que el cambio climático sea una realidad” (It’s terrible that climate change is a reality). This construction allows students to convey their evaluations about various subjects in Spanish.

Ultimately, this activity encourages students to think critically and articulate their opinions effectively in Spanish. It reinforces their understanding of the present subjunctive while fostering creativity and nuanced expression. By practicing the present subjunctive within the context of evaluations, students develop valuable language skills that empower them to engage in meaningful conversations and discussions.

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