A WebQuest for
10th Grade Spanish (Spanish 2)
You and your friends have
just won a free trip to Spain! You are excited about visiting this
beautiful, diverse, friendly country that is so historically and
culturally rich and is the cradle of the Spanish language. You are
particularly excited about the opportunity to use your newly
acquired Spanish language skills, but are somewhat concerned about your
ability to communicate, especially when it comes to that most important
and enjoyable activity - eating! Will you be able to order food
in Spanish at a restaurant or will you starve? What kind of food do
Do they eat tacos, enchiladas and guacamole, like Mexicans do?
What happens if I think I am ordering noodle soup and they bring me cow
brains? Do they eat meals at the same times we usually do? What kind of
currency do they use and will I know if
something is too expensive?
"Map of Spain"
this webquest, we will explore
issues such as food and restaurant vocabulary in Spanish, eating
customs, currency valuation and comparing Spanish with Mexican cuisine
in order to prepare ourselves to order food at a Spanish
restaurant. You will research some of these topics and do a
variety of activities that will help prepare you for the culminating
activity: to create and act out a restaurant
skit in Spanish.
¿A que esperas?
¡Manos a la
obra! ¡Vamos a trabajar!
You have several tasks in this
webquest, some of which will be done individually and some of which
will be done in groups of 4, which will be assigned by the
teacher. The culminating project is to create and perform a skit
in Spanish, which is centered in a Spanish restaurant. However,
there are a number of prior activities which will help you to acquire
the skills and knowledge to make the skit. All of these
activities will form part of your final project grade and are outlined
in detail in the "Process" section of the webquest.
1. If you read a menu in a Spanish restaurant, would you find items such as tacos, enchiladas and tamales? Click on the links in section A to read about Spanish and Mexican cuisine. Then complete the Venn Diagram Worksheet in section B to compare and contrast the two cuisines.
A. Read these articles:
B. Complete the Venn Diagram Worksheet:
2. In the United States, most people eat dinner at around 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. If you were to look for a restaurant in Spain at that time, would you have problems finding one open? Click on the link in section A below to read about Spanish eating customs. Then click on the link in section B and complete the Eating Customs Worksheet.
A. Read the notes below this link. Then click on the link and
read the article:
i. Although this article is titled "Dining in Spain", the
section subtitled "Schedules" is typical of meal times not
just in Spain, but in most Spanish-speaking countries.
ii. Time references in this article use the 24 hour clock,
where "13:30" means "1:30 p.m.", "16:00" means "4:00
B. Complete the Eating Customs Worksheet:
3. Spanish food is delicious! However, many of us are not familiar with it. If you went to a Spanish restaurant and saw dishes such as paella, jamon serrano, gazpacho and tortilla espanola, would you know what they were? Probably not, but you "haven't lived" until you try some of this food! Click on the link to the article on "Food Regions of Spain" in section A and read about foods from different regions of Spain. Then click on the link to the "Food Regions of Spain Worksheet" in section B and complete it.
A. Read this article:
B. Complete the Food Regions of Spain Worksheet:
"paella" "jamón "gazpacho" "tortilla
"Gastronomic Regions of Spain"
4. There are so many different types of foods: fruit (fruta), vegetables (verduras/legumbres), grains (granos), meat (carne), seafood (mariscos), drinks (bebidas), desserts (postres). We need to know these food terms in Spanish so that we know what to order at the restaurant! Learn and practice your knowledge of food terms in Spanish by going to the following links and following the directions:
A. Complete these exercises.
Directions: Scroll down to the category titled "food-la
comida". Click on the sub-category "drinks-las bebidas".
Read the instructions in the "Instrucciones" box. Then
complete the activity. Return to the previous page by clicking
the "back" button. Click on the sub-category titled "fruits &
desserts-las frutas y los postres". Complete the activity.
Return to the previous page again and repeat this process
with the other sub-categories ("grains-los granos", "meat &
seafood-las carnes y los mariscos", "vegetables-las
Directions: Click on "list of terms" and study them. Then
practice your recall with the different activities (Matching,
Flashcards, Concentration, & Word Search).
B. Click on the links below to complete these activities:
Spanish Food Crossword Puzzle
5. Now that we have studied food terms in Spanish, we are ready to create our own Visual Spanish/English Food Dictionary. Here are the rules:
* Food Dictionary should be created in Microsoft Word.
* Title of Dictionary is "Diccionario visual de comida en inglés/
español" (Visual Food Dictionary in English/Spanish).
* Dictionary will be an English-Spanish version with 3 columns:
Column 1-food term in English;
Column 2 - Spanish translation of food term;
Column 3 - image of food item (go to google.com, click on
"Images", type in name of food item and select image)
* The following must be included in the dictionary:
* The food terms must be classified with the categories
mentioned above (see previous asterisk) and the English
translation of those categories.
* You may use the following online Spanish/English Food
Dictionary to help search for the translations of the food
terms for your own dictionary:
* Your food dictionary will be graded on neatness, completion,
accuracy, classification of foods in categories and use of
6. Are you ready to apply what you have learned by viewing online menus
of real Spanish restaurants? Your next task is to select a menu from a
Spanish restaurant and translate it to English. Follow the steps below:
* Select an online menu from a Spanish restaurant to be
translated to English. After you click on the above link, you
will see a list of names of different regions of Spain. Check
with the teacher to see which region to proceed to.
Note: the teacher must approve the menu before you
* Translation must be performed in Microsoft Word.
* Currency must be converted from "euros" (the currency used
in Spain and most of western Europe) to U.S. dollars. that
way, you will know how much dinner is going to set you
back! This can easily be done by using the following currency
Simply scroll down toward the bottom of the page and follow
the instructions. Make sure that you make note of today's
exchange rate and write it at the bottom of your English
* Some online food dictionaries that can help you with the
* You will need to hand in a copy of the original menu in
Spanish in addition to your translated menu.
* Your translated menu will be graded on accuracy, neatness,
currency conversion, completion and overall presentation.
7. And now, we are ready for what you have all been waiting. Drumroll, please...
....the creation and presentation of a restaurant-based skit in Spanish!
Follow this process to create your skit:
1) Pre-skit preparation.
Let's practice a bit more with additional restaurant
vocabulary. Click on this link to restaurant vocabulary and do
a) Study "Important words" and "Phrases"
b) Scroll down and practice with "Flashcards", "Matching",
"Wordsearch", and "Concentration" exercises.
c) Take the online "Quiz" at the bottom of the page to see if
you are absorbing this vocabulary! When you are done
with the Quiz, click the "Submit" button to see the
As an additional resource, check out this
link to useful restaurant vocabulary and phrases, which you
might find helpful in creating your dialogue.
2) Skit preparation. Your group needs to create a skit based in
a Spanish restaurant, which fulfills the following criteria:
a) dialogue must be in Spanish (focus on appropriate usage
of vocabulary and verbs in context)
b) skit should last 3-4 minutes, without time gaps
c) each group member must speak at least 5 lines
d) one of the following themes must be selected and
* A cook in your restaurant makes the best paella in
town. All the customers want to meet him.
However, he isn't the friendliest person on staff.
What happens when he gets a surpise visit from a
* Your waiter is very friendly but he confuses your
order with the person sitting in the next table.
You would switch plates but the other customer is
already biting into your chicken and loving it? What
will you do?
* Your co-workers and you decide to go out for a
Friday night meal. The problem is that everybody
wants to eat something different. Where will you
go? How will you compromise?
* At a café in Spain, you go out for tapas with a
friend. In the restroom, you notice that one of the
restaurant employees just walked out without
washing his hands! What will you do?
3) Skit rehearsal. Now the skit is written. What's next? You
have to practice the skit! Practice makes perfect. Don't just
"wing it" on the day of the performance. Think of what
visuals you might need for your performance, like menus,
costumes, etc. Make sure that all team members have a
copy of the skit with which to rehearse. Rehearse to get a
feel of the flow of the performance, practicing reactions,
facial expressions and body movements that are
appropriate to the situation.
4) Skit performance. The teacher will set up the room like a
Spanish restaurant. Your group needs to provide visuals,
including menu copies for all cast members. And don't
leave your enthusiasm at the door. All acting hams are
welcome! One note for audience members: be quiet and
respectful during the performance. Encourage each other;
no negative criticism, please. I look forward to the
The items in steps 1-4 in the Process section of this webquest will be graded
individually on a scale of 1-5 (1=poor, 2=below average, 3=fair,
4=good, 5=excellent, based on completion and accuracy) representing 25%
of the project grade. The items in steps 5-7 in the Process section
will be given a group grade and will comprise the other 75% of your
total grade. See the skit rubric below to see what factors will be
Beginning 2 Developing 3 Accomplished 4 Exemplary 5 Score
We have learned quite a lot about how
to order food in Spanish, eating customs in Spain, differences between
Spanish & Mexican cuisine (no tacos, tamales or enchiladas in
Spain, unless you go to a Mexican restaurant!), currency valuation,
working in groups, and hamming it up on
the stage. Do you feel more confident about ordering food in
Spanish now? Did you enjoy this webquest? I hope so. Buen
I would like to thank my WIT
mentors, Jay Mulberry, Joy Reeves and techie wizard Alex Wilson for
their wisdom, guidance and patience in helping me acquire the technical
knowledge to develop this webquest.
* Title VII Foreign Language Assistance Project of the Chicago Public Schools and DePaul Universityhttp://www.sallys-place.com/food/ethnic_cusine/mexico.htm