The Challenges of Teaching the “Se impersonal”, the “Se no intencional” and “La voz pasiva" | Best PowerPoints for Spanish | Angie Torre

The Challenges of Teaching the “Se impersonal”, the “Se no intencional” and  “La voz pasiva"

I was watching my used-to-be Student Teacher now turned amazing teacher explain the “se impersonal” using a method that made me raise two eyebrows.  Why didn’t I teach it that way?  She is so GOOD!  But then I realized I DID teach it that way.

No matter how hard we try, students will confuse the reflexive, the impersonal “se” and the non-intentional “se”.  In order for them to see the difference,  we must formally teach the difference and check for understanding.  I like how she made them actually NAME which “se” they were talking about.  

The challenges of teaching the, "Se impersonal"

Another snag in teaching the non-intentional “se” is that , after we teach it, students try to make EVERY sentence non-intentional.  I ask them, “Where’s the object?  There has to be an object.”  For example: Se me cayó EL LIBRO. That helps them see the difference.

In my PowerPoint and lesson plans, I ask students to tell me what “se” means in many different sentences.  

Humor is also important to imbed concepts.  Memes are great for attention-getters.  (Don’t forget to point out the missing accents.)

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Most importantly, students hear the non-intentional “se” repeated in context as I narrate the TPR Story, and then they write their own story of mishaps.  By the time we finish, they have mastered all the uses of “se”.

Here is the story: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/TPR-Story-and-Activity-for-Non-intentional-Se-for-Spanish-Three-or-Four-268245

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Here is the PowerPoint: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spanish-uses-of-Se-from-Reflexive-to-Non-intentional-170462

Or, you could save yourself the time of writing the lesson plans and use these instead: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/No-Prep-Lesson-Plans-Curriculum-for-the-Se-impersonal-Se-no-intentional-2128611