Gran Hotel Abridged, when you’re running out of time!

In Spanish 4, we watch and discuss Gran Hotel, the Spanish telenovela that’s full of mystery, intrigue and DRAMA! We love it and we live for it…but we’ve come to the end of the year and there are still a few more episodes left in Season 1. Alas! What to do?!

In an effort to keep the input coming and not deprive my little darlings of all the drama,  I created these slideshows for Gran Hotel, episodes 5, 6, 7, and 8. They’ve got screen shots, summaries, questions to predict, and a few scenes to show that are just too dramatic to pass up! Rather than spending weeks on an episode (how we spend the entire 1st semester!) we’ll wrap up an episode in a 90 minute class.

(Ojo-These are based on the DVD, not the Netflix episodes, which are the same episodes but they are labeled differently. The DVD episodes are 1 hour and 10 minutes long, the Netflix episodes are 45 minutes long, so according to Netflix Episode 2 is still Episode 1 on the original…so if you use these with Netflix, you’ll have to adjust the times/ episodes a bit.) 

On the DVD, episode 9 is the last episode of Season 1, so we’ll finish class watching and discussing that one in it’s entirely, so that’s why I didn’t create a slideshow for that one.

To make it a bit more fun, (and I’m always looking for fun!) of course, I made it into a game. Throughout the episode, there are multiple choice questions and students will have to predict the correct answer. I’ll indicate where in the room they should go if they think it’s Option A or Option B or Option C. After students have made their decisions and moved, I pass out poker chips to the correct students. They hang on to their chips all class and at the end, I stamp the students with the most chips. It’s fun to predict AND it gets them moving around.

Without further ado…Here they are! Please, send me a note if you see a mistake on them.  And if you want to change or adjust them to fit your classes, feel free to make a copy and edit away!

Lo más importante del episodio 5, Gran Hotel

Lo más importante del episodio 6, Gran Hotel

Lo más importante del episodio 7, Gran Hotel

Lo más importante del episodio 8, Gran Hotel

I have to warn you…you might find some mistakes! Every time I read through them I find something else. Please let me know if you see something to correct 🙂

Hope it’s something you can use! It will make me feel way better about staying at school until 5:30 last night to finished up episode 8!


  1. You crack me up! Gran Hotel is the only show that I have ever been obsessed with! Love that you can use it w/your kiddos. Miss you!! ¿Has vuelto a Guanajuato? Yo no, pero quiero.


  2. Hola, me encantan tus ideas. Hace un par de años empecé a usar comprehensive input de está manera con mis alumnos de los años 9 y 10 en Nueva Zelanda.
    Me encanta la idea de las diapositivas con fotos y preguntas. Las mías siempre eran más básicas y menos atractivas. Me encanta el TPR de hacerlos moverse por el salón. Voy a usar tus ideas, ¡mil gracias!
    PS un detallito… cuando dice Dectective Atala en las diapositivas debería ser “el detective Atala”. En español nunca hacemos eso de referirnos a las personas sin el artículo. Así que para mis alumnos yo soy “la señora Ledesma”. El único caso en que se acepta es si estás tratando de llamando la atención de alguien. (Disculpe, señora Ledesma, de qué está hablando?)
    He notado que muchos maestros de español en Estados Unidos lo hacen cuando se refieren a sí mismos pero eso es un anglicismo que suena muy antinatural en español.
    ¡Saludos y felicidades!


    • Muchas gracias por sus comentarios! Aveces se me escapa la regla de “el detective Ayala”…. voy a hacer las correcciones y gracias por la ayuda 🙂


  3. I love, love, love Gran Hotel and didn’t get to finish watching it on Netflix! Where can I buy the DVD versions? If I remember correctly, Europe has a different version than we do in the states. Any help would be greatly appreciated so I can finish watching it!!!


    • I ordered it from you’re right, the DVD will be region locked BUT you can watch it on your computer (using VLC media player or MPC Media Player) without any problems. That’s how we watch it in class!


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