El Botellón

The botellón is a phenomenon in Spain where youth gather on the street to consume alcoholic beverages.  I find this custom to be intriguing, I suppose because it is so different from where teens drink in the United States due to the drinking laws here.  I think it would be a good way to study the subject of teen drinking.  It’s a sticky issue I suppose, one that some would want to avoid, but when my International Baccalaureate students took their exam for Spanish SL, one of them chose a writing prompt from Paper 2 that asked her to write a speech to her classmates about the dangers of drinking.  I wish we had talked about the botellón that year so she had some background information from class for her writing.

I’ve only used the botellón as a topic one year in a level 3 class during a unit on popular culture.  We studied youth in Spain.  We read about cell phone use, the problem with finding affordable housing, and the botellón.  The activities that I prepared for the botellón were too difficult for level 3, I think.  I’d like to teach it again, except to level 4, and improve my activities.

Here are some botellón resources:

Lesson plan about a  “macro-botellon”

http://marcoele.com/descargas/7/alcarazo-macrobotellon.pdf

Lesson plan for students to learn about the botellón and express their opinions

http://www.todoele.net/actividades/Actividad_maint.asp?ActividadesPage=3&Actividad_id=238

Scroll down to “botellón” for a lesson plan and cortometraje about the botellón

http://formespa.rediris.es/video/

http://hablaele.blogspot.com/2008/06/unidad-didctica-botelln.html

An article and reading comprehension questions.  You’ll have to subscribe to TES Connect for free, but it is a good site where teachers share materials.

http://www.tes.co.uk/ResourceDetail.aspx?storyCode=3003525

Video clip with comprehension questions

http://www.asisehace.net/el_botellon.htm

A page on the news site 20 Minutos dedicated to the botellón

http://www.20minutos.es/minuteca/botellon/

Interesting infographic about youth and the botellón, but it’s too small to read well. It’s interesting that the majority of those live with parents, are 18-19 years old, and have no curfew.

http://mas.farodevigo.es/graficos/56/radiografia-del-botellon.html

 

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