How to skip Christmas in Spanish and not be a Grinch

The time between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break is one of my favorite times of the year in class--it's also one of the hardest because no one has their head in the game! But I LOVE teaching about Christmas traditions from Spanish speaking countries. I love using the commercials for the Spanish Christmas lottery (general … Continue reading How to skip Christmas in Spanish and not be a Grinch

Valentine’s Day Story Script

One of the first TPRS® stories that I did with my students back in 2010 was "La novia ingrata" (the ungrateful girlfriend), which was a script shared on Ben Slavic's blog by *I believe* Anne Matava. I ended up purchasing Anne Matava's Scripts (Volumes 1 and 2, and there is now a Volume 3 available!), … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Story Script

BreakoutEDU & 2016 Christmas Lottery commercial

Have you ever gone to a session at a conference and been SO EXCITED about whatever you learned that you don't eat, don't sleep, don't shower, and ignore everyone that you care about until you finally get the chance to try it out? No? That's just a Martina thing? Shoot. Well this last summer, everyone … Continue reading BreakoutEDU & 2016 Christmas Lottery commercial

What does it mean to be Afro-Latino?

Teaching culture to our students is not easy. Culture is complex. It is messy. But it is beautiful, and it is important. We cannot hope that our students will be able to successfully communicate with speakers of the target language without awareness of the target culture. We can’t teach them every subtlety that they will … Continue reading What does it mean to be Afro-Latino?

Wordoku de Noël

Ask and ye shall receive! Beth Lemoine wasted no time translating my Spanish Christmas Wordoku to French after my Christmas activities post late last night. She is a translating maniac! French teachers, y'all need to send the lady a fruit basket!! I am so grateful for the time that she puts into translating materials from … Continue reading Wordoku de Noël

Christmas in French, Spanish, and…adaptable ideas

Time for the obligatory Christmas post! I have found plenty of new activities that you can consider adding to your lessons about traditions in Spanish speaking countries (and even a couple for Francophone countries, hey-o!) We'll start with the best and most important thing that any language teacher could do at this time of the year … Continue reading Christmas in French, Spanish, and…adaptable ideas

Anuncio para la Lotería de Navidad 2015: {free} resource pack!

I just couldn't wait. I love the 2015 commercial so much! I have spent the whole afternoon crying in front of my computer as I watch and re-watch it (probably in part due to pregnancy; but who could say for certain). I put together a resource pack with readings and some extension activities that you can … Continue reading Anuncio para la Lotería de Navidad 2015: {free} resource pack!

The Spanish Christmas Lottery: 2015 Commercial

This year's official commercial for the Spanish Christmas Lottery was released early this morning. Kent House shared it on the iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching group on Facebook and oh, I am so glad that he did! These commercials make me cry every year. Instead of luck and fortune and indulgence, each year they uphold the values of generosity … Continue reading The Spanish Christmas Lottery: 2015 Commercial