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A Escribir: Treinta Días de Poesía

Years ago I came across a site called “Thirty Days of Poetry” where a communication arts teacher (for my generation, read “English” teacher :)) posted 30 different types of poems for her students to write.  I chose a few and … Continue reading

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Ratoncito Pérez

In a unit about childhood in level 2, I infuse a bit of culture with the story of Ratoncito (Ratón) Pérez.    The students learn who the mouse is, and how it compares with the American tradition of the tooth … Continue reading

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Dakar Rally

For the last several years the Dakar Rally has taken place in South America.  It is taking place now in Argentina, Chile, and Peru.  Scholastic’s Que Tal magazine has a short article for first year Spanish students.  With the Scholastic … Continue reading

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School Unit for Level 1 Spanish

I’m having a hard time getting started on this school unit in level 1.  Normally I wouldn’t give it a second thought.  I imagine it is a common theme in many level 1 courses.  But this year I just can’t … Continue reading

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Thinking about the imperfect

I’ve been thinking about the imperfect tense since I’ll have to teach it in level 2 soon.  It is a chapter about childhood.  I need a new twist on this theme.  Here are my rather limited ideas so far: Have students compare … Continue reading

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First day back from Christmas break–lesson plans

I’m thinking about what I want my Spanish II students to do on our first day back.  I have to give them their final exam as a pre-test for the second time this school year (silly, I know; not my … Continue reading

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Art and World Languages

By the end of the chapter that I’ll be teaching when I get back from Christmas break, my students will have “learned” everything about the preterite–regular, irregular, stem-changing -ir, and verbs with spelling changes  (car/gar/zar, i–y verbs).  I want them … Continue reading

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El premio gordo

The online magazine Veinte Mundos for learning and practicing Spanish has a new issue out.  It is about Spain’s Christmas lottery.  There is also a video included.  Check it out at http://www.veintemundos.com/magazines/37-en/ I usually talk about Spain’s Christmas lottery in Spanish … Continue reading

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All Words Are Created Equal

All words are created equal.  I heard this at the CSC Conference in Indianapolis in March in reference to language learning.  I’ve been thinking about that statement in relation to teaching verb conjugations.  Verbs are not treated like other words when … Continue reading

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Legends and Folktales Part 2

I came across this little gem from the Embajada de España through the CASLS InterCom e-newsletter.  They are myths and legends from Spain and elsewhere.  It is a handy pdf with readings and activities. https://sede.educacion.gob.es/publiventa/detalle.action?cod=13231 Here are some little videos about South … Continue reading

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