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”


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


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



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.


Video clip with comprehension questions


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


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.



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