Spanish lesson – Language Portrait

Tú retrato de idiomas / Language portrait



  • Revise ¡Buenos días! and ¡Hola! Children who know a greeting in another language can greet the class.

Main activities:


  • Quick activity from last week to consolidate things they have learnt.
  • Explain that in other languages we use different sounds. Ask children to practise the j sound.
  • Listen to the song José se llamaba el padre (note:3) (The father was called José). When children hear a word with the j sound they clap hands.
  • Show the written name José on the board and pronounce it clearly. Can the children work out the first letter of Josefa and Juan when you say them?
  • Language portrait activity. (note:4)
  • Teach señor/señora. (Focus on the sound ñ) (called a ‘tilde’).
  • At the end of the session wave goodbye and say Adiós. Encourage children to reply with Adiós señor/señora.

Final Activities:

Activity sheet.


There are different versions of this song. Some of them are a bit faster than some others. However this tends to be a very funny a fast song. It is very repetitive. I am not sure about you I am not a great singer myself I never been. However it doesn’t really matter. You can practise at home if you like. Listen the songs as many times as you like specially if you buy any of this Spanish songs and you are not familiarise with them. I am not familiarizing with the English and I have learnt a lot of them already with my children. So you can as well.


TIP: It is also a good idea sometimes after you sing a song with a CD to stop the CD and try to sing with them. Listen are they following the words, can they remember the words, who is singing who is not. Do we need to reinforce the words a bit more? It is a way to assess children in some way. You could maybe try to sing in small groups.




I did this activity several times with different groups. Sometimes it is not clear enough for some children. So maybe you need to repeat it twice or explain the activity very clear. The way I found the best is doing it yourself either on the board or on the interactive board. You draw yourself, your head, your body, your arms, and your legs. Example draw crosses in your face. Put a reference and say on the side “xxx” Yo hablo español

Draw circles in your arms and write “OOO” Yo hablo inglés.


Keep it easy and clear. Get ready to be asked for any sort of languages. Keep it easy if you are not sure say to the boy or girl “write it down in English”. You could find out this later on and tell him/her.

In this lesson children should learn:

  • To learn about the different languages spoken by children in the class
  • To identify social conventions at home and in other cultures
  • To recognise that many languages are spoken in the UK and across the world
  • To practise new language with a friend in and outside the classroom

The objectives of this lesson are:

  • Appreciate the diversity of languages spoken within the class
  • Understand that other languages may have sounds that are different from English
  • Understand the differences in social conventions when people greet each other
  • Say ¡Buenos días! and ¡Hola! With accurate pronunciation
  • Say and respond to Adiós