Spanish Beginners Full Lesson – ¿Dónde está?


This is a short lesson to introduce the verb ‘estar’ and practise with compass directions and a map of Spain. It is suitable for beginners, and would be ideal in Year 7 (or even in KS2) as an introduction to a very common verb and Spanish geography. This lesson would work very well as a standalone cover lesson (as long as the cover teacher has some Spanish knowledge and can work through the lesson with the students).

The battleships game is also a perfect retrieval activity at any point after you’ve taught the verb ‘estar’, as it is quick and low-prep. It can be adapted to any vocabulary or grammar point in any language (see my CPD on Games in MFL for other ideas of how to use this and similar games!)

The download includes:

  • PowerPoint of the whole lesson – includes full verb conjugation, battleships game to practise ‘star’, compass points, Spanish map with regions to practise ‘estar’
  • Lesson plan explaining the PPT and ideas for differentiation

The PowerPoint is deliberately plain, with white backgrounds, simple coloured headings and Calibri font throughout. It should therefore be compatible with all computers and easily adaptable for different settings and teacher preference for fonts, colours, etc.