Topic Activity Map

Here is a map of each Lesson…


Use this Topic Activity Map (and the suggestions below) as a Blueprint for study…

Topic Activity Directions



Scan the Topic Unit (module) and make (or diagram) mental notes. Think about what you will be required to do (assignments, activities, discussions, projects, etc.)…and develop a mental plan for achieving success.

Give yourself a motivational pep talk. Tell yourself that you can accomplish course goals. Picture yourself as already successful..



Study the Starter Vocabulary List for this topic..

Review and integrate these Key Vocabulary words into your Short Term and Long Term memories.

Use any (or all) of these vocabulary builder strategies.

Make Flash Cards, or use whatever you can to study these words.

Connect words with meanings by clues, images, associations…whatever works for you.



Listen to the Opening Dialog…one or more times.

Get the feel of the dialog, pay attention, pick up as many clues as you can.

Watch the video.

Look, listen, think. What meaning can you grab, find, infer, imagine from what you see and hear?



Listen for specific ideas. Get the overall import of the selection.

Pick put individual and relevant words the second time you listen to the audio clip.

Listen for cognates, common words, recent vocabulary.

You can make out the important ideas, even without knowing every word.



Keep a “Charitable Mind” towards the lifestyles and customs that you learn about.

Hundreds of millions of Spanish Speakers around the world live (and thrive) within a wide range of customs, ideas, traditions, goals, environments, climates and belief systems.

Celebrate the differences!

Let your contact with Latin Cultures sensitize yourself to the cultural that you live in, and to the cultural practices you exhibit…practices that you take for granted…practices that you might not be aware of.

QUIZ – Based on Vocabulary, Dialog and Listened-to Content


Find ways to quiz yourself.

Use whatever tools, study techniques and assistants you have.

Quiz yourself. Self-Administered quizzes are superior to repeating words because your brain filters out uniform, repeated stimuli. (Note: If you must repeat words, change your voice tone. For example, repeat…

  • Normal Voice
  • Whisper
  • Shout
  • High (Falsetto) Voice
  • Low (Bass) Voice
  • Laughing Voice
  • Scary Voice
  • Etc.

Be sure to ask yourself questions about the dialogs you listen to.



Study with others. Talk, even if you make mistakes.

Relax. Accept correction. Understand that speaking a language is a performance skill, not an intellectual exercise.

Group Collaboration increases your ability to…

  • Think in Spanish
  • Work and Cooperate
  • Obtain feedback for your progress

QUIZ – Based on Graphics and Graphic Content

Course Quizzes can be one-time or repeated-trials. Either way, guess the correct answer using clues, suggestions…even clues from other questions.

Quizzes can be based on knowledge and concepts, as well as on…

  • Pictures and Images
  • Concept and Mind Maps
  • Maps
  • Charts
  • Graphs
  • InfoGraphics



Role Playing builds confidence in face to face interactions when you learn a language.

Practice with yourself, and with others. Work toward responding without thinking…making automatic responses.

Role Playing means “Over Learning” stock words and phrases so that you do not have to “fish for” the right word or phrases

Role Playing requires that you engage a different learning capacity than you use when you memorize vocabulary. So, Role Playing adds depth to your language learning experience.



Real World Surveys are tasks and assignments that send you outside the classroom (or away from your computer) to communicate with native Spanish speakers.

Finding native Spanish Speakers is easy. Just ask, “¿Habla usted español? But be more creative than talking to a waiter or waitress at “Un Restaurante Méxicano.”

You can also talk to native Spanish Speakers by calling the Customer Service phone number of most city, county and government agencies, public schools and colleges and major companies.

Interacting with Heritage Spanish Speakers engages social and interpersonal components of your language learning capacities.

For Distance Learning, Online and Internet courses, Google Hangouts and Skype Video Conferences can serve to satisfy this course requirement.



Use these real-life materials to stretch your perceptions and to anchor your learning by using Context Clues, Graphics Cues and other information to squeeze meaning from the artifact.

Real materials spark Context-Clue Thinking and problem-solving, connecting language learning to mathematical and reasoning thinking and learning skills.

The use of real materials such as menus, cartoons, invitations, ads, announcements, newspaper articles and Blog posts integrates the connection between mental skills and performance skills.



Special Related Activities include any methods that you can use to experiment and role play the Spanish skills that you learned.

These include online discussions, recording your voice, recording video, practicing with friends, reading Websites from around the Spanish-Speaking World. These capacities are available with SmartPhone Apps, digital cameras, portable video cameras and other devices.

These might include playing games, completing Word Search and Crossword Puzzles, creating Mind Maps…there’s a wide world or opportunities.

And, be share the strategies and techniques that your found success with.

This also includes any checklists and study tracking that you devise.

You might also enlist the aid of an “Accountability Study Partner,” who “Keeps Tabs” on your studying. Someone that calls to get a report on whether you kept your study commitments proves to be a powerful motivator to consistent study.



Study words that are related to the topic. Find cognates (and note false cognates). Look for Spanish synonyms that relate to the core vocabulary.

Check a basic Spanish dictionary (that provides definitions in Spanish) and study a basic Spanish Thesaurus.

Like English, employs words that can be interchanged, and reserves other words for specific meanings.

For example, “Gitty Up” and “Whoa” mean “Go and Stop,” but you would not use those words when talking to people without insulting them. Be careful with some Spanish words for the same reason.

Studying Supplemental Words is also time to employ any Word Memory Tricks that you discover to be useful for how you learn languages.



Study sayings and proverbs related to this topic.

Memorize what these mean.

Often translating the words does not connect to the meaning.

For example, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” does not refer to birds; but refers to “taking advantage of opportunities.”

From: Profesora Chmielewski