Redirective Language in Spanish - Classroom Management

Spanish for Educators – Redirective Language “El lenguaje redirectivo”

In this Spanish for Educators lesson, you will learn how to form “lenguaje redirectivo” to implement positive redirection en español.

This is the first lesson of a new series called “Manejo de aula” (Classroom Management). This Manejo de aula series focuses the Spanish you need in order to manage behavior, rules, expectations, etc. in and out of your classroom.

The objective of this lesson is learning how to redirect disruptive behaviors in your classroom using “lenguaje redirectivo”; but before starting with this lesson, please be sure to check out these lessons:

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Lenguaje redirectivo – Redirective Language

El lenguaje no verbal – Non-Verbal Language

El lenguaje no verbal es PODEROSO. Sometimes you don’t need to use any word to redirect behaviors; what you need is a powerful non-verbal communication.

Some good examples of non-verbal language are:

  • Acercarse al estudiante: Get closer to your student so they change their attitude/behavior.
  • Mantener el contacto visual: Maintain eye contact with your students.
  • Un toque en el escritorio, hombro, etc.: tapping their desk or even their shoulder can totally change a student’s behavior.
  • Movimientos de la cabeza: Little head nods are also helpful in this case.

What are you non-verbal language tricks to get disruptive behaviors redirected in your classroom? Share them in the comments below 🙂

Now let’s see a student profile…

¿Cómo se porta Samuel? – How Does Samuel Behave?

Él / He…

Copia la tarea o el trabajo de otros estudiantesCopies the work from other students
No presta atenciónDoes not pay attention
No pide permiso para salir de la claseDoes not ask for permission to leave the class
Se rehúsa a completar el trabajo / la tareaRefuses to complete the work
No respeta la propiedad de otrosDoes not respect property of others
Tiene crisis emocionales: grita, llora, arroja objetosHas Pfizer tantrums: he yells, cries, trows objects

These are some examples of negative behaviors you might want to redirect in your classroom. Let’s dive into the Spanish you need to address this situation and improve your student’s behavior.

Redirecciones verbales – Verbal Redirections

There are some grammatical patterns you can start using to redirect the students’ behavior. Don’t worry! You don’t need to know all the grammar rules to use these expressions, just memorize them! 🙂

PATRONES que pueden usar…

  • Necesito que tú + Subjuntivo: I need you to…
  • Favor de + verbo infinitivo: Please… (do this)
  • Vamos a enfocarnos en + Infinitivo (collective voice): We are going to focus on…
  • No es apropiado + infinitivo: It’s not appropriate to…
  • Presta atención (commands): Pay attention! (Plural: Presten atención).
  • Puedes escoger ____ o ____ (dando opciones): You can choose between ____ or ___.
  • La expectativa es (Restating Expectations): The expectation is…

1. Necesito que tú + Subjuntivo

This pattern requires a subjunctive, but you don’t need to know the subjuctive in order to start using it; just need to memorize them 🙂

Necesito que tú… – I need you to…

Llegues a tiempoArrive on time
Obedezcas las reglasObey the rules
Levantes la manoRaise your hand
Participes en la claseParticipate in class
Respetes la propiedad de la escuelaRespect the school personal property
Seas responsablebe responsible
Utilices las palabras mágicas (de cortesía)Use the magic (courtesy) words

2. Favor de…

You need to use an infinitive verb with this pattern. This is the equivalent of asking “Please_____”

Favor de… – Please

Escuchar cuando otros hablanListen to others when they speak
Utilizar los buenos hábitos de estudio / trabajoUse your good work habits / skills
Ayudar a los otrosHelp others
Entregar a tiempo su tareaTurn in your homework on time
Estar listo/a para aprenderBe ready to learn
Trabajar duro y eficazmente Work hard and efficiently

3. La voz colectiva

The collective voice pattern uses the verb Ir + a + infinitivo (to go to + infinitive) in the first person of the plural.

Vamos a… – We are going to…

llegar a tiempoarrive on time
obedecer las reglasobey the rules
levantar la manoraise our hands
participar en la claseparticipate in class
respetar la propiedad de la escuelarespect the school personal property
utilizar las palabras mágicasuse the magic words
prestar atenciónpay attention
escuchar cuando otros hablanListen to others when they speak

4. Mandatos

The commands can be used for all the class, so here are some examples with the plural command “ustedes”:

  • Saquen los libros, portapapeles, carpetas: Take out your books / clipboards / folders
  • Abran los libros, las novelas, los cuadernos en la página __: Open books, novels, notebooks to page __
  • Levántense: Get up
  • Siéntense: Sit down
  • Miren la pizarra: Look at the board
  • Presten atención: Pay attention

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Now it’s your turn! I packaged all of this vocabulary in Spanish into some flashcards for you to study.

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