B2 level activity covering the indirect style using interviews with Rosalía
This B2 level Spanish activity is designed to help students practice the indirect style, a fundamental aspect of Spanish grammar, through questions and answers from interviews with the singer Rosalía. By engaging with authentic interview content, students will have the opportunity to transform direct speech into the indirect style while improving their comprehension and language skills.
- Interview questions and answers (provided in the exercise)
- Writing tools (e.g., pens, pencils, notebooks)
- Introduction to the Indirect Style: Begin the activity by explaining to students what the indirect style (estilo indirecto) is in Spanish. Provide a brief overview of how it is used to report or convey information from a third party or a past source.
- Distribution of Interview Content: Provide students with the interview questions and answers featuring Rosalía. These can be excerpts from real interviews that you have collected. Ensure that each student or group has access to the same set of questions and answers.
- Review the Questions and Answers: Have the students read through the interview questions and answers carefully. Encourage them to underline or highlight the direct speech parts (the original questions and answers) in the text.
- Transform to Indirect Style – Questions: In pairs or individually, instruct students to rewrite the interview questions using the indirect style. This involves converting direct questions into reported questions. For example, “¿Cómo te sientes hoy?” (Direct) can become “Me preguntaron cómo me sentía hoy” (Indirect).
- Transform to Indirect Style – Answers: Next, students should rewrite the answers provided in the interview text using the indirect style. This means changing direct speech (quoted responses) into reported speech. For example, “Estoy muy emocionada” (Direct) can become “Dijo que estaba muy emocionada” (Indirect).
- Peer Review: Encourage students to exchange their transformed questions and answers with a partner. Partners can provide feedback on the accuracy and fluency of each other’s indirect style transformations.
- Discussion and Comparison: After reviewing their partner’s work, students should discuss any differences they find between the original interview content and the indirect style transformations. This discussion helps reinforce their understanding of the indirect style.
- Whole-Class Discussion: Bring the class together for a whole-class discussion. Invite students to share some of the questions and answers they transformed into the indirect style. Discuss any challenges they faced during the activity and address any questions they may have.
- Extension Activity: To deepen the practice, you can ask students to create their own interview questions and answers featuring Rosalía or another celebrity, and then transform these into the indirect style.
Objective: The main objective of this B2 level Spanish indirect style activity is to help students practice and master the skill of transforming direct speech into the indirect style. By working with authentic interview content from Rosalía, students enhance their grammatical proficiency and gain practical experience in using the indirect style in real-world contexts.