4 PROVEN TIPS TO MAKE YOUR SPANISH READING LESSONS MORE ENGAGING

Keeping students engaged during your Spanish reading lessons is hard. Finding quality resources and trying to engage students may seem like an impossible mission, right?  In this post, I’ll show you how I make my Spanish reading lessons more captivating and accessible for all students with ready to use materials.

TIP #1 – Use short texts in your Spanish reading lessons to keep attention.

Short texts are less intimidating. They allow students to focus on specific strategies. Additionally, having the questions beside the text is super convenient as it allows students to search for evidence when responding to the questions.  

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TIP #2: READ-READ-READ!

One way to help students become fluent readers is by modeling good reading habits through read alouds. As I read the short passages aloud, I prompt my students to follow along. To ensure that all students are engaged and paying attention during the reading, I pause at certain points and request that they read the following word aloud.

I also read phrases or sentences and have the students repeat them after me. Lastly, I set the timer and let the students read the text independently!  

TIP #3: In your Spanish reading lessons, be sure to talk about it!

After reading the text, I ask questions to check my students’ understanding. This is a great way to clarify misconceptions and explain new vocabulary.

Here is a list of questions you can ask:

Non-Fiction Texts

  • ¿De qué se trato el texto?
  • ¿Cuál es la idea principal?
  • ¿Qué aprendiste al leer el texto?
  • ¿Qué preguntas tienes?
  • ¿Aprendiste algo nuevo al leer el texto?
  • ¿Cuál es el propósito del autor al escribir el texto?

Fiction Texts

  • ¿De qué se trato el texto?
  • ¿Quiénes son los personajes del cuento?
  • ¿Cuál fue el problema?
  • ¿Cuál fue la solución?
  • ¿Qué paso al principio, medio, final?
  • ¿Qué mensaje tiene la historia?
  • ¿Qué lección nos enseña este cuento?
  • ¿Cuál es tu parte favorita?

TIP #4: In your Spanish reading lessons, highlight important evidence.

When answering the questions, I encourage students to go back to the text and highlight or underline the evidence. Having the questions beside the text makes this step manageable for students.

IN OUR SPANISH READING LESSONS, WE MUST SHOW THEM HOW IT IS DONE!

Answer the first question with the students.  Students tend to answer questions with one or two words max . I like to model how to answer questions  in complete sentences. For example if the question is “¿Cómo se sintio Laura al principio de la historia?”, then the answer would be “Al principio de la historia Laura se sintio nerviosa.

I hope that you find these tips helpful. Teaching reading skills in Spanish doesn’t have to be a tedious task. By using engaging resources and implement effective strategies, we can provide our students with remarkable learning opportunities in Spanish.

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What other strategies do you use in your Spanish reading lessons? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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