Spanish KS3: Undercover - 'De Incognito'
A police cadet goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal den.
The Chief Inspector guides her using an earpiece. She appears wearing a ridiculous robber outfit that he has got for her.
The two criminals, Pili and Miguel, welcome her. Pili is suspicious of her and suggests they test her with a list of things that Carlos – the person she claims to be – likes to do.
Sara, the police cadet, informs them of information that the Inspector feeds her – namely that Carlos enjoys basketball.
When Miguel throws a ball at her she tries to do a fancy twirl on it but drops it. She claims she plays basketball - but not very well. Pili ticks this off the list.
Sara is then told to say she plays volleyball. Pili ticks it off the list of ‘likes’ and Miguel throws a ball, which she drops. In a panic, she grabs some goggles from a shelf and says she likes swimming.
The criminals are wary as ‘swimming’ is on the list of Carlos’s dislikes. The Inspector shouts at her down the earpiece that Carlos doesn’t like swimming. Sara laughs it off as a joke. The Inspector feeds her two more activities - playing video games and going out with her friends. Pili ticks them off the list.
The Inspector’s walkie talkie falls off his table and the signal breaks up. Sara is left without anyone to feed her information and, under pressure, panics and says that she (Carlos) plays the trumpet.
Miguel is surprised and hands her a trumpet. She plays it surprisingly well. But she drops her fake nose and moustache. Miguel hands it to her, but then ends the suspense by suggesting she play and that he joins her on the guitar. Pili joins in with maracas. Together they play a Latin American song.
The Inspector gets his reception back and hears the music. He is in confused, but ends the clip by joining in by humming a trumpet solo himself.
Before watching the clip, pupils could make a list of any sports and hobbies they know in Spanish.
They could tick off those mentioned in the film and also try to add any they did not think of or know.
When they watch again, they could tick the activities ‘Carlos’ likes and cross those he does not. Those that feel able could try and give Carlos’s exact opinion, “no me gusta nada” etc. As a follow-up activity, pupils could do a survey of the class asking “Qué deportes practicas?” and “Te gusta jugar al baloncesto/tocar un instrument/salir con amigos?” etc. They could report their findings verbally or in writing.
This clip is relevant for teaching Spanish at Key Stage 3 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and at Third Level in Scotland.