Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Try Your Luck by Making Spanish Fortune Tellers

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Try Your Luck by Making Spanish Fortune Tellers

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Remember the fortune tellers we used to make out of paper, when fingers and thumbs were used for something other than texting and video games? My friends and I used to play with them for hours in the hope they would predict that we were destined to marry a pop star.

For the uninitiated, you would cut and fold a sheet of paper so that you had a "flower" you could open in two different directions. The player would pick options - such as numbers and colours - to select a particular "petal" and then read the "fortune" written underneath the flap.

I decided to use the same concept in my Spanish lessons. The children could make their own fortune tellers and in turn practise colours, greetings, numbers and questions about themselves.

The unit began with: ¿Cómo te llamas? (What is your name?), ¿Cuántos años tienes? (How old are you?) and ¿Qué tal? (How are you?).

I then told the children we were going to make a game to reinforce all the vocabulary we had learned over the past few weeks. …

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