Thanks to the popularity of MovieTalks, there is such a plethora of good animated shorts out there for us world language teachers to capitalize on for classroom use. The IFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching Facebook group is FULL of great ones that members post for others to use for MovieTalk, and I’ve also found some great ones through Remezcla that are authentic and full of culture. Remezla is a MUST FOLLOW for Spanish teachers! There are also several teachers who have created databases with great options for MovieTalk – just Google “MovieTalk Database” and you get several options.
As great as MovieTalks are for engaging my students and keeping them interested, sometimes they’re even better when I’m lacking creativity for a reading assessment or a listening assessment. Such was the case as I was preparing my most recent listening section on my exams. Instead of wracking my brain for an eternity, I decided to find an animated short that I could show and then create various sentences about it for one of my listening assessments. After finding the video I wanted to use, I took 13 screenshots, loaded them into a document, and lettered above them. Above the images, I listed #1 through #10 in a horizontal line so it wouldn’t take up a lot of space. On the day of the test, I first handed out the images and then I played the video (without sound or narrations) to help students understand the images in front of them. I then read students 10 statements about the images they had on their paper and they had to correctly identify which image was being described. My students did SO well!
I know this isn’t super creative, but I think that’s kind of the point. Use someone else’s creativity when you need some inspiration!