Chilling Tales is perfect for dark winter nights. It is set in Mexico. Help Salma a film director develop original storyboard ideas for a creepy animated film. Salma wants something with a South American flavour, which has a worldwide appeal.
In this Challenge learners create a storyboard to illustrate their tale. They will be able to use images to recreate scenes and add description to bring the story to life. There is a wealth of tradition and folklore for learners to draw upon in this Challenge. Legends such as La Llorona (the weeping woman), the stories associated with El Panteón de Belén or even the Day of the Dead festival can all be used for inspiration.
The Challenge is targeted at National Curriculum Levels 5-6. The vocabulary topics covered are: describing creepy characters and locations; narrative action; and story endings. The grammar focus is on the preterite and imperfect (1st and 3rd person singular) as well as adverbial phrases, connectives and word sequencing. Full information for teachers is available on the site.
If you enjoy Chilling Tales, Salma will be back again in Strange Beasts - a forthcoming Challenge in which learners can pitch ideas for creatures to feature in one of her films. You can catch the a teaser for this Challenge on our You Tube channel: http://www.youtube.com/WATCHMYLO.
Shark Attack is a light-heated look at beach safety. It is for learners working at levels 4-5 of the National Curriculum. Diogo owns a surf shack in Costa Rica and wants to keep surfers safe in the sea and on the beach so he can focus on his favourite past time - chilling on the beach. The Challenge covers talking about dangers and dangerous places as well as giving advice and warnings. Impersonal and modal verbs, the simple past and infinitives are also introduced. Again the full details are available on the site.
We've also released three 'Basics' sections focusing on the theme of communication. Starting a conversation, Going to an Internet cafe and Sending messages are all now live. You can see all the Spanish Basics content here.