Revista LITERAL is ready!

The first issue of Revista LITERAL is now ready for download! More than 50 students submitted stories, and I selected the most comprehensible ones to work with in the magazine. Please click on this image to access the November 2017 issue. Share the link with your students and encourage them to subscribe--remember, the vision is … Continue reading Revista LITERAL is ready!

Revista Literal: Free e-zine for Spanish students!

A few weeks ago, I did a giveaway that required teachers to write short stories in order to enter. There were so many fun little stories that I just had to find something to do with them. And so I did. Then, Profe Vecchitto shared a hilarious story that her class created working from my Búscalo … Continue reading Revista Literal: Free e-zine for Spanish students!

Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!

Guess what?! You know how you wrote all those super comprehensible mini-stories last week in order to enter the book giveaway? Well...I've turned them into a little digital reading activity for you to share with your students. So even if you aren't one of the big winners, you still win because you can put some … Continue reading Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!

How to write comprehensible texts

Once I moved away from using the textbook as the center of my curriculum, I was free to bring in all kinds of new texts. Popular songs, novels written for language learners, picture books, short non-fiction readings prepared by me, infographics, edited stories written by my students or co-created by the class, and more. By … Continue reading How to write comprehensible texts

Free article: El ataque en Las Ramblas, 8/17/17

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

You can make a difference {in 2017}: Reading in Spanish

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” --L.M. Montgomery 2016 was hard for many people. Many of us experienced great joy this year, but that joy was often overshadowed by suffering, sadness, loss, and hopelessness. The same is true of any year, but for whatever reason it seems … Continue reading You can make a difference {in 2017}: Reading in Spanish

Article in Spanish: A rescue dog dies in Ecuador

Faith Laux shared with me a summary that she wrote about the story of a brave rescue dog that gave his life to earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador. She gave me permission to share the story here, and I've written a second, even more simplified summary so that more teachers can use it in their classes. Thank you … Continue reading Article in Spanish: A rescue dog dies in Ecuador

I can make a difference.

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Ecuador was devastated by the worst earthquake to shake its shores in nearly seven decades. One week later, the death toll is at 650, more than 12,000 people are injured, and hundreds are missing. Carol Kovatch's middle school Spanish class in Santa Rosa, California read last week's  special edition of EL MUNDO … Continue reading I can make a difference.

Pepinillos, a reading for Spanish 1

Katie Sevilla just sent me the super fun story that her class created during a story asking session with the script "El amigo simpático". (Click here to learn how to ask a story using my Matava-style scripts.) As you can see by comparing the story that her class created with the original story shared in … Continue reading Pepinillos, a reading for Spanish 1