I have finally finished the episode 1 student guide for Gran Hotel. If you have wanted to use El Internado but just could not due to the swearing and sexuality, then please take a look at Gran Hotel on Netflix. I think you will be happy.
Unlike El Internado, I do not think I will ever use this with level 1 students; the language is just a tad more complex. My study guide is useful for both student and teacher because it simplifies the language, making it comprehensible to students, while providing enough opportunities for teachers to slow down and recycle key vocabulary so that students do not get lost. Currently I am getting best results by first choosing a target structure to use while explaining the scene (before viewing it), add PQA when natural, then we view the scene followed by reading the description in the student guide. Check out a sample:
There is a short paragraph describing the plot for every 2-4 minutes of video. There are also several comprehension breaks and links to three Kahoot! activities to be played in class. I have also included target vocabulary phrases that I use to discuss the scene prior to viewing it in class. I teach this with my Spanish 3 classes; you might want to choose different target phrases to fit your curriculum. However, the use of target phrases helps simplify the language and allows students to grasp more. Along with the target phrases I also include some suggestions for PQA (personalized questions and answers) that I use. The goal is to make students so comfortable with selected vocabulary before viewing the scene that their cognitive load is significantly lighter and they can process more. Finally, the timings cited in the margins are approximate, taken from Netflix. They will help you quickly return to the scene without wasting class time, but they may be off by a few seconds.
This guide follows the video from Netflix. On Netflix the first episode is about 46 minutes long; if you have original DVD´s of the series from Spain then it may have been edited (or episode 1 may have been split into two episodes to suit the viewing habits of American viewers).