SPEAKING LANGUAGE: SPANISH

 
 
 
In this activity you will talk about special events in SPANISH.
You will use the picture as a starting point for the conversation. Try to avoid very short answers and do not be afraid of trying new verbs and constructions.
 
If you cannot understand something, just ask your partner to speak slower (¿Por favor, podrías hablar más despacio?) or to repeat the question (¿Por favor, podrías repetir la pregunta?).
You can start now; enjoy your conversation!

 
TASK 1

Listen to the first question

And then say what the girls and boys in the picture are doing.

celebrate – celebrar

HINT

TASK 2

Listen to the second question about the picture

And describe the girl on the left.

Vocabulary

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TASK 3

Listen to the third question.

And talk about what you can see on the table.

You can use a simple sentence like “En la mesa hay…” or a more elaborate construction such as “Se puede ver…”

Vocabulary
TASK 4

Listen to the fourth question

And describe the party preparations.

You can say what they have bought HINT and what they have organised (invitations, activities, music… ) HINT

To plan – planificar
To choose – escoger

TASK 5

Listen to the fifth question about the picture

And say what you think they will do afterwards.

Remember to use the future in your answer. HINT

TASK 6

Listen to your partner’s question.

And say whether you think it is important to celebrate birthdays with big parties. Justify your answer.

TASK 7

Listen to the seventh question

And say which was your favourite birthday party and why.

Remember to use preterito in your answer HINT

You can expand your answer by saying who attended your party HINT and what you did HINT

TASK 8

Listen to your partner’s question

And say whether you prefer money or gifts as presents. Justify your answer.

HINT

TASK 9

Listen to your partner’s question

And respond whether you prefer to celebrate your birthday with your family or friends and why.

TASK 10

Listen to your partner’s question

And say which birthday is most important in the UK and why.

HINT

adult, of legal age – mayor de edad.
to become an adult – volverse adulto (you become an adult – te vuelves adulto)
to become a teenager – volverse adolescente

TASK 11

Ask your partner which birthday (10, 15, 16, 18, 21…) is most important in Spain.

HINT

TASK 12

Listen to your partner’s question.

And say how you’d like to celebrate your next birthday. Give as much detail as you can.

You can describe what you’d like to do and who you’d like to invite. Do not forget to use the conditional.

HINT.

TASK 13

Listen to your partner’s question.

And tell her/him what your favourite day is (e.g. Christmas day, New year’s Eve, Halloween, the first day of the summer holidays…)

Mi día favorito del año es … porque …

TASK 14

Ask your partner what her/his favourite day is and why.

HINT.

 
 
 

SPEAKING LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

 

Now it is your turn to speak in ENGLISH with your partner about special events. You will start by asking some general questions and then you will do a role play with her/him.

 
 
TASK 1 – YOU START
Can you describe your favourite birthday party?

If he/she does not tell you, ask:
How old were you? What did you do? Who was invited? What are your best memories of the party?

TASK 2

Ask your partner:

Do you still celebrate your birthday? If so, how? If not, why?

TASK 3

Ask your partner:

Is it common in your country to have a special party when you turn 15 or 18?
If so, ask your partner to describe it.

Some questions you can ask are:
How many people are invited?
Is it just with friends or with family too?
Is it at home or at a special venue?

TASK 4

Ask your partner:

Some parents feel they must organise a perfect birthday party for their children and spend lots of money on it.

What do you think about spending a significant amount of money on a party?

Is it a waste of money or is it money well invested?

TASK 5

Ask your partner:

Can you think of any other typical celebrations /events that require a significant expense for families?

TASK 6

Listen to your partner’s question.

Compare an important event in the life of a British teenager with the one that your partner has just described.

You can describe any important event you know or have been to.

TASK 7

Ask your partner:

Could you describe the best celebration / party you have been to?

 

Now you are going to do a role play. Say the following statement to your partner: “A friend of mine is going abroad for the next two years and I am responsible for organising a farewell party. I don’t know how to start…”

 
TASK 8

Now listen to your partner’s question.

And say that she is a very arty person, very kind, sweet and a bit shy.

TASK 9

Listen to your partner and then:

Say that she loves painting and spends most weekends in art classes.

TASK 10

Listen to your partner and:

Say that she used to play the violin and perform in the school orchestra, but that you think that she has stopped.

TASK 11

Listen to your partner and say:

I think so, I remember she mentioned once or twice that she had gone to a concert.

TASK 12

Listen to your partner and then:

Say that the idea is brilliant, but perhaps it is too difficult to get affordable tickets for a good gig.

TASK 13

Listen to your partner and then:

Ask your partner whether he/she knows any good ones.

TASK 14

Listen to your partner and then:

Show your excitement and approval.

TASK 15

Listen to your partner

Then improvise your answer and ask for a piece of advice.

TASK 16

Thank your partner and close the conversation.