With schools closed across the country, teachers are doing their best to move instruction online. Spanish video lessons are one option. Below you’ll find a variety of free video-based activities to use with Spanish learners. All of the videos are free on YouTube.
We want students to engage with language as positively as possible during this difficult time. In addition to these Spanish video lessons, there are many additional materials on Spanish Playground, and the vast majority are free. Explore the site to find other activities for your classes.
Spanish Video Lessons
Easy Conversation Spanish Video Lessons
These short video conversations use vocabulary related to different themes. There are 24 videos in the YouTube Spanish Conversations playlist.
We have created comprehension activities for 9 of the videos, and we’ll have more coming soon. These are PDFs you can print to send home or share electronically as Spanish video lessons.
Free Activities for Buena Gente
Buena Gente is a Spanish video series for language learners. It is available on YouTube and also streams on Amazon Prime.
The series features:
- 3 stand-alone seasons you can use in any order.
- An entertaining story told in short episodes.
- Slow, clear Spanish.
- Everyday language in a natural context.
- Strong visual support for the language.
- Built-in repetition of key vocabulary and structures.
- Additional videos to reinforce vocabulary in each season.
- A music video of the Buena Gente theme song with lyrics.
Find a free matching activity for the six episodes in Season 1 and a free timeline activity for Season 1 here: Spanish YouTube Series Buena Gente.
Get free comprehension questions for all 5 episodes of Buena gente Season 3: Spanish Series Buena Gente Season 3
We have additional comprehension materials for Seasons 1 and 2.
Spanish Video Lessons Story Activities
Our story videos target a limited number of structures and build in repetition with questions. Gestures, expression and props aid comprehension for Spanish video lessons.
Playlist of narrations in the present.
Playlist of narrations in the past.
We have begun to create comprehension activities for these videos. There are two free sets available now with more on the way.
Download a printable version of the activities for the present tense Spanish story El niño triste.
Download a printable version of the activities for the present tense version of El caballo y la manzana.
Spanish Video Lessons with Habla
These YouTuber style videos are geared to an elementary audience. There are 24 videos in the playlist of Habla videos.
The videos are a super fun, engaging way to expose learners to more Spanish. The speakers use high-frequency language and lots of visuals. Also, the videos are short and focus on one theme.
These nine videos have listening comprehension questions and transcripts to use for Spanish video lessons.
Listening comprehension questions for the Mother’s Day video
Algunas cosas sobre mí
Las pelotas de ping pong
Los lentes de sol
Spanish Words for Kids Videos with Picture Cards
The Spanish Words videos use short patterned sentences, repetition and beautiful images of Mexico to teach important verbs and high-frequency vocabulary. These videos for novice learners are a perfect way to learn first words in Spanish.
Each of the videos has a question-answer segment in the second half to encourage students to produce the language.
The YouTube Spanish Words playlist has 6 videos. We have printable picture cards for all the videos that students can color, use to play games and practice vocabulary.
We also have culture and language notes and activity suggestions for each video. I’ve linked to each of the resources below.
Means of Transportation
See cars, trucks motorcycles and other means of transportation in a colorful video from Guanajuato, Mexico. The video targets the verb ser, specifically the verb form es, as well as lots of words for transportation. Find the video and support materials here: Spanish Words Transportation Video
This video uses the verb hay and beautiful images of a Mexican market to teach Spanish words for vegetables. Together with the printable cards, it’s an excellent learning tool: Vegetables in Spanish: Video and Picture Cards.
La ropa introduces kids to common words for clothes in Spanish and to the verb llevar. In addition to printable picture cards, there is a complete-the-vowel printable page using the vocabulary. Again, you can find the video and printables here: La ropa: Spanish Words Kids Love Video
Tener is one of the “super seven verbs.” In other words, it is one of a set of verbs we use in a high percentage of interactions. So, this video targets the verb form tiene and supports the language with colorful images of Mexico. Find the video and support materials here: ¿Qué tiene?: Spanish Words Kids Love Video
See the animal figures, sweets and traditional toys of a Mexican market in the beautiful video. In addition, the video targets the verb form veo with a rhyming voice over narration.
Find the video, picture cards and a flip book here: Los juguetes del mercado: Spanish Words Kids Love.
Take a peek into a Mexican market to learn Spanish words for fruit and colors. The video repeats the verb hay and has lots of cultural content too. Find the video, printable picture cards, a flip book and lots of activity suggestions here: Las Frutas: Spanish Words Kids Love.
It’s a difficult time for teachers, students and families. We hope our videos and the materials that accompany them are helpful. If you questions or need support for the videos, please reach out to us!