Y’all have been asking me if I am going to continue the weekly news summaries in the 2016-2017 school year, and I’ve been dodgy with my response. I don’t think it’s actually worth my time, as a stay at home mom, but if I were still in the classroom I would want to be making the time … Continue reading 2016-2017 subscription to EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS
An 8.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico on September 7, leaving Oaxaca completely devastated. It was the strongest earthquake that Mexico had felt in 100 years. Just 12 days later–when relief efforts were still in their infancy and aftershocks continued to rock the area–a second earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck central Mexico. The 7.1 quake occurred … Continue reading Los héroes del terremoto – Materials for Spanish teachers
La paz empieza conmigo. Say it! This article about today’s terrorist attack in Barcelona is written in super simple Spanish–almost entirely cognates–so that you can use it with students that just began their Spanish study. Even still, it will not be ‘highly comprehensible’ to fresh Spanish students because it is lengthy. It is up to you … Continue reading Free article: El ataque en Las Ramblas, 8/17/17
Can you believe that it is already time to think about going back to school this fall? Part of the back to school stress is due to having SO. MUCH. TO. THINK. ABOUT. Whether you spent your summer at conferences or took the entire summer off to just rest and enjoy your family, reality is … Continue reading Shop to win a class set of novels and save 25% on language teaching resources!
As a teacher that has committed to teaching with comprehensible input based strategies like TPRS®, PQA, MovieTalk and Embedded Reading (to name just a few), you are probably aware of the incredible impact that reading has on language acquisition. For this reason, you have likely also determined that you would like to use novels in your courses…but … Continue reading How should I use novels in class?
As most of you know, I’m not teaching at this phase of my life..although I will be teaching for a few hours on one day in a couple weeks for the annual Kids 2 College program…I’m saving up my energy already! Teaching is exhausting!! Since Millie joined the family six weeks ago, time for me to work … Continue reading What I’ve been working on lately
Again, way behind in blogging my plans…we have finished El Nuevo Houdini, so I just need to find the time to post what we did for the last five chapters of the book! Here are the plans that my classes followed for Chapter 6: Chapter 6 is called “Un beso increíble”, which lends itself very nicely … Continue reading El Nuevo Houdini, Chapter 6
Film, politics, sports, conservation, and activism–these are just a few of the topics that the stories from the new EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS subscription have addressed. Maris and I are passionate about finding stories that your students will connect with and that will open their eyes to the things happening in the world, near … Continue reading Reading activities for current events
Once I decided to teach for proficiency, I become hungry for stories–real stories, invented stories, silly stories, sad stories, unbelievable stories, scary stories…anything. Language is best taught when it is being used to transmit messages, not when it is explicitly taught for conscious learning. ― Stephen D. Krashen, The Natural Approach: Language Acquisition in the Classroom If you … Continue reading Current events & free fiction magazine in Spanish
What are you most excited about using in class this coming year?? What is your plan for helping your students to better communicate in the target language? What resources, ideas, and strategies have you learned about this summer and are dying to implement? Guess what? I’ve got a recommendation— News you can use Maris Hawkins … Continue reading News articles in Spanish from Summer 2018