El Internado. Have you caught on to the craze yet? Newly released on Netflix last year, this television series from Spain has Spanish language students all over the country really looking forward to watching TV in the target language, and even watching the show on their own time outside of class! Featuring a group of high school friends who investigate together the macabre events that are occurring at their boarding school in northern Spain, this show will have your students on the edge of their seats, and looking forward to watching the next episode each week.
In my classroom yesterday after the screening of Season 1 Episode 3, I heard students bragging about how much of El Internado they had watched at home, with one student winning the competition by stating that they were already on Season 4. No easy feat, when we just started Season 1 in March, and each season features between six and eleven hour-long episodes!
I always screen movies and television shows in my classroom with no subtitles, or subtitles in Spanish when available. I find that this creates an excellent immersion experience for students without the distraction of interference outside of the target language. I often pause the show or movie to ask questions of the class in the target language, which helps to ensure comprehension of the challenging authentic language practice.
If you're interested in screening a high language level, high interest show to your students, look no further. There are many resources that can be found to enhance your instruction of the series, and I will list a few for you below, to help begin your search.
Best of luck screening this compelling show to your students. I'm sure they will be hooked on the series in no time!
My name is Katherine Lupton and I am an International Baccalaureate Spanish teacher at Baltimore City College High School, a public school in Baltimore, MD. As a student of the public school system myself, I am an advocate for quality education in public schools and work to assure all of my students have access to opportunities to succeed. This website represents a collection of my favorite lesson plans, service learning projects, and travel stories. I hope it will service as a resource for other Spanish teachers around the world.