Spanish KS3: Identity Parade - 'La Rueda De Identificacion'
A witness tries to identify a criminal in a line up. But she didn’t see him; she only heard his voice. A police officer is kind, but also somewhat frustrated, as she guides the witness through her revelations.
All four suspects must repeat phrases that the witness heard during the crime. Phrases that all involve body parts - such as 'hand on your head'; 'Ow', 'my shoulder'; 'get on your knees'; 'Ow my foot'.
The first suspect misunderstands the first command and puts his hands on his head. The second suspect is very creepy. The third suspect pretends to have a high voice, and this is enough to make the witness think it isn’t him (even though he is clearly dressed as a criminal). The fourth is an unlikely suspect and is very nervous to be there, constantly insisting he needs to go the toilet.
The witness then claims that the criminal counted his toes to make sure they were all there when he hurt his foot. The criminals all count up to 10 and back again.
The witness is still unsure as to whom the criminal is. Suspect 4 gets even more frustrated with his need for the toilet, as the witness and the police officer insist on going through all the body parts again. This culminates in them all singing the Spanish version of ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.’
At the end the witness still isn’t sure so the police officer decides to finish up. She tells suspect no 4, Teo, that he is now free to go to the bathroom. But, it’s too late, he has lost bladder control.
The others step away from him and the police officer suggests he is unlikely to be the criminal.
You could give students a simple diagram of a body to label with the correct vocabulary as they watch the clip.
After watching, you could play a game of ‘Simon Says’ (Simón dice) using language from the film. Students take turns playing the role of the policeman to issue instructions to the rest of the class: ‘Ponte de rodillas’, ‘manos en la cabeza’. Go on to ‘toca la pierna’, ‘toca la cabeza’.
This clip is relevant for teaching Spanish at Key Stage 3 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and at Third Level in Scotland.