The Garcia Romeros
The Garcia Romero’s is a nice family living in Valladolid, a beautiful city in central Spain. The father, Jose Garcia, is a tall, dark haired, friendly character who works at a famous winery. He is married to Teresa, a beautiful woman, with dark eyes and light hair, a teacher of Primary Education. Joseph and Teresa have three children: Susanna, Rebecca and Juan. The eldest, Susan, is 24 years old, she’s a sociologist and works in a NGO dedicated to attending immigrants. Rebecca, a beautiful girl with big dark eyes, is 19 years old and studies Marine Sciences in the Canary Islands The joy of the house is John, a mischievous 11 years old boy who dreams of becoming a great football player. The oldest member of the family is Mary, Teresa's mother, a tender and funny woman who is loved by everyone, especially Juan, for his kind nature (and delicious desserts). We will learn, little by little more about the vicissitudes of each one of the members of the Garcia Romero's as we follow them in their daily life. Along them, we will have the opportunity to learn different aspects of language, Spanish culture and society.
This project, "The Garcia Romero," is a joint effort of the Fundación para la Difusión de la Lengua y la Cultura Española and the University of Valladolid to provide materials to teachers of Spanish as a foreign language or second language to practice the main concepts and functions which are commonly taught in A-1 and A-2 levels classes according to the Plan Curricular of the Cervantes Institute.
The project includes 20 units; the index can be displayed in "Teaching Units". For each one of them there is a presentation on a specific topic introducing a situation experienced by a model family, specially created, and a with a wide variety of materials to practice such as : listening exercises, reading, writing, games and songs, which vary according to the contents presented. The reading texts are sometimes linked to actual news published on the Foundation's own website and the media. The writing exercises in the "diaries" are published so that all users can use them.
In its first stage, materials are only available for teachers and students of the institutions participating in the project, listed in the "Members Project" list after the test phase, other centers may adhere to it and become registered users. This possibility will be announced before hand and through the electronic news letter on the Site and the electronic newsletter of the Foundation.
This project has been possible thanks to a grant received from the Economic Development Agency of Castile and Leon.
The aims of the project objectives are:
Provide pleasant and diversified materials for on-line practice of concepts and functions presented by teachers in class.
Enable students to use the acquired knowledge independently and at their own pace.
Submit information about life in Spain, especially in Castile and Leon.
Provide a forum where students can share their impressions users, information and questions.
In advance, thank users, teachers and students participating in the project. We welcome your opinions and suggestions at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Description of the material
The material prepared for this project is not intended to replace textbooks or the education provided by the teacher in the classroom.
This material is intended to support the content being presented in the classroom through the teacher's explanations and the use of printed materials.
The material is divided into 20 units. Each unit contains the following sections:
Presentation of the material
This text presents the situation developed in the unit. The material is used as a reading comprehension. It includes a multiple choice exercise at the end of the text. This online exercise is automatically corrected.
A familiar scene
It's an animation featuring the Garcia Romero’s' characters It includes a narrative showing the time the scene developed and the dialogues between the different characters. These conversations are subtitled.
It offers different types of games: "Turn the cards" is a memory game to practice the vocabulary used in the "Family Scene," the blog game is linked to the sections "Juan's blog" and "Practice from home " materials can be downloaded and printed.
Things to consider:
Grammar presented in the unit. There are exercises to practice this grammar content. There are self-correcting online exercises and print materials to download
This is a blog created by Juan, the Garcia Romero's youngest, in which he recounts his impressions of the situation experienced in the unit. It provides extensive cultural information, complete with materials that can viewed or listen online, some of which can be downloaded for use in class or at home. These recordings are comprised of interviews, reports and television news, press releases and other, illustrating the contents referred by John.
Audiovisual materials will be added gradually from unit 6. To access them, simply click on the words appearing in light blue.
Students can write their comments to Juan's notes and see them published in real time. As any other blog, it can also be commented and responded through messages sent by other users.
The Present Indicative
Be / There
Housing in Spain
The Present Continuous: be + gerund
The Immediate Future: going to + infinitive
The Present Perfect
The Past Simple
The Educational System
Let's Go Shopping
Shopping in Spain
At the Restaurant
The Mediterranean Diet
At the Doctor’s
The Past Perfect
Spanish Health System
The end-of-year trip
Using the Past Tense
The Peoples of Spain
The Travel Agency
Give instructions: must / have to / must
At the Airport
Direct Object Pronouns and Indirect Object Pronouns.
Types of Tourist Accommodation
At the Tourist Office
Ser and Estar
The Festivals of Spain
Let's take care of the Planet
Relatives, Interrogatives and exclamatory pronouns
A New Friend: Hassan
Adverbs and adverbial phrases
Stories and Games for kids
A Shared World
The Simple Sentence
Subordinated Sentences Indicative Substantives
Family Celebrations in Spain
Indicative Relative Sentences
The World of the Bulls
Adverbial Subordination 1
Football and Sports
Adverbial Subordination 2
Men and Women: Topics