Preterite vs Imperfect - Interrupting Actions

Updated: 4/5/2017
Preterite vs Imperfect - Interrupting Actions
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Spanish Imperfect Lesson Plans

Spanish Past Tense: Preterite vs. Imperfect

Lesson Plans by Lourdes Fernandez

Learning the difference between the preterite and imperfect tenses in Spanish is a lengthy, challenging, and often frustrating task. Students must first master regular conjugations for each, and then the irregulars. Next, students must understand the basic concept behind using the preterite versus using the imperfect. The following activities aim to help students grasp these concepts and put them into practice with visual aids!


Preterite vs. Imperfect

Storyboard Description

Spanish Preterite vs Imperfect - Interrupting Actions

Storyboard Text

  • INTERRUPTED
  • INTERRUPTING
  • Victor y yo jugábamos tenis.
  • jugábamos
  • Jugábamos tenis cuando empezó a llover.
  • empezó
  • Tocaba el piano.
  • Tocaba
  • ¡Tocaba el piano cuando se me olvidó todo!
  • olvidó
  • El lago de los cisnes
  • El lago de los cisnes
  • tropezó
  • Susana bailaba "El lago de los cisnes".
  • bailaba
  • Susana bailaba "El lago de los cisnes" cuando tropezó con su diadema.