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The Challenges of Teaching the “Se impersonal”, the “Se no intencional” and  “La voz pasiva"

I was watching my used-to-be Student Teacher now turned amazing teacher explain the “se impersonal” using a method that made me raise two eyebrows.  Why didn’t I teach it that way?  She is so GOOD!  But then I realized I DID teach it that way.

No matter how hard we try, students will confuse the reflexive, the impersonal “se” and the non-intentional “se”.  In order for them to see the difference,  we must formally teach the difference and check for understanding.  I like how she made them actually NAME which “se” they were talking about.  

The Challenges of Teaching the "Se impersonal", the "Se no intencional" and "La voz pasiva"

Another snag in teaching the non-intentional “se” is that , after we teach it, students try to make EVERY sentence non-intentional.  I ask them, “Where’s the object?  There has to be an object.”  For example: Se me cayó EL LIBRO. That helps them see the difference.

In my PowerPoint and lesson plans, I ask students to tell me what “se” means in many different sentences.  

Humor is also important to imbed concepts.  Memes are great for attention-getters.  (Don’t forget to point out the missing accents.)

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Most importantly, students hear the non-intentional “se” repeated in context as I narrate the TPR Story, and then they write their own story of mishaps.  By the time we finish, they have mastered all the uses of “se”.

Here is the story: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/TPR-Story-and-Activity-for-Non-intentional-Se-for-Spanish-Three-or-Four-268245

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Here is the PowerPoint: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spanish-uses-of-Se-from-Reflexive-to-Non-intentional-170462

Or, you could save yourself the time of writing the lesson plans and use these instead: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/No-Prep-Lesson-Plans-Curriculum-for-the-Se-impersonal-Se-no-intentional-2128611