#UnidosPorPuertoRico Materials for Spanish teachers

Many of us pursued a career as a Spanish teacher because at some point we became connected to a Spanish speaking culture. Maybe we were born into one, maybe we traveled, maybe we studied abroad, maybe we met a cute guy at a salsa lesson and now we're married and have a pile of salsa-dancing … Continue reading #UnidosPorPuertoRico Materials for Spanish teachers

Los fidget spinners: FREE reading in Spanish and #authres activities

"Oh no you didn't!" "Oh yes I did!" Since I know how much all of my dear teacher friends LOVE the fidget spinner trend, I figured I would help all of y'all out and create some resources in Spanish so that you can spend even MORE class time talking about them! You're welcome, you're welcome. … Continue reading Los fidget spinners: FREE reading in Spanish and #authres activities

Paloma Blanca submissions: Watch and vote!!

The class videos are in and they.are.AMAZING! I don't even have words to describe the...umm...yeah I can't even think of a good adjective for them. 18 classes ended up submitting videos for the Paloma Blanca music video competition, and I could not be more happily horrified with the results.   It took me a few days … Continue reading Paloma Blanca submissions: Watch and vote!!

How can I use news stories in class?

Lots of news stories around here, lately! Whether you have subscribed to EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS, plan to subscribe next year, or are using the free articles about the Ecuador earthquake, Gianina's fundraiser "Art for Ecuador", or the tragic death of Dayko, you are probably wondering what to do with all of these current … Continue reading How can I use news stories in class?

Comprehensify-ing #authres

So you want to use authentic resources in your language class. Where do you start? CHOOSE A RESOURCE THAT YOU CAN HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND. This interview is incomprehensible for a Novice. There is just way too much language! The time and frustration that it would take them to sort through it all to find answers … Continue reading Comprehensify-ing #authres

Learning French with authentic resources

My French journey continues! After adapting the first two units of my Level 1 curriculum into French with translations from Julia Ullman and help from Karen Oberlander and Megan Murphy late last year, I finally sat down this week to work on Unit 3. I wish it hadn't taken me so long! I just read a … Continue reading Learning French with authentic resources

Five great Cinco de Mayo resources for Spanish classes

Cinco for El Cinco

Here are five great Cinco de Mayo resources that I've found around the Web. Coming off of a lively #authres conversation during #langchat (that I read post-facto), I want to clarify what makes a 'great resource' in my mind: A great resource is interesting [or it can be made interesting] That's it. If it's interesting, I'll find a way to … Continue reading Cinco for El Cinco