This year’s official commercial for the Spanish Christmas Lottery was released early this morning. Kent House shared it on the iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching group on Facebook and oh, I am so glad that he did! These commercials make me cry every year. Instead of luck and fortune and indulgence, each year they uphold the values of generosity and community. With recent world tragedies–Paris being the most personal to much of the language teaching community–this commercial/short film would be a beautiful way to start a conversation with your students about caring and about community.
I use several past anuncios in Unit 25 of my Spanish 1 curriculum, which explains the history of the lottery and how it works to students: how one number can have multiple winners (like what happened at the factory in the 2015 anuncio–many people bought portions of a ticket, and their ticket won), how many people win and what they win, the process of drawing and singing the winning numbers, and what happens when someone is left out of a group of winners (unlike Justino in this year’s commercial!). All of the cultural materials are available in a separate unit in case you don’t need the vocabulary introduction piece: so you can purchase the ‘Cuesta demasiado’ unit for $8.00 (10-11 days/102 pages) or the Lottery unit for $5.00 (6-7 days/90 pages). Click on the images below to read more details about what is included in each file: