For many the school year is coming to a close and in a matter of days the students will be free, and as teachers you’ll start to pack up the classroom and think: What should I do in my Spanish class next year? Before we dive into ideas and inspiration for lesson planning and future curriculum planning, we’d like to take a moment to think about how we can make Spanish a fun part of summer holidays, especially for the little learners in your life.
As adults we come to identify the different modes of transportation with convenience, inconvenience, time spent commuting and the need to get from one physical location to another. But, remember back to a simpler time before we HAD to get somewhere in a hurry, when the different types of transportation were something magical, new, and captivating. When we’re planning our Spanish classes for kids on modes of transportation we try to travel back in time, capture the excitement we felt learning about trains, planes and automobiles, and bottle it up to bring to class with us. We like teaching the transportation unit because it’s fast, exciting for kids, and it’s a fun way to teach Spanish vocabulary and simple sentence structure through a theme that they are familiar with. So, here we go!
We’ve all heard it, the person who hates a language because it was impossible to learn. We’ve heard the tales of copying conjugation charts, failed speaking exams, dense textbooks, and teachers that only spoke in [Spanish] (said as if that were the worst possible thing!). Spanish classes have come a long way since the dark days of memorization and written grammar exercises. Classrooms have been transformed from silent spaces to stages where students learn to play with the language, relate to it, act it out, speak it, read it, write it, live it, and hopefully learn something about culture in the process.
The days of the week are a necessary topic to teach to kids, but let’s face it, not the most flashy. We get excited about animals, about modes of transportation, and about action verbs, but what is there to be excited about something so mundane as los días de la semana? Well, actually quite a lot. The topic is straightforward and easily personalized to fit each class. It’s something the students can talk about that is directly related to their lives, and it can be combined with other vocabulary and topics to create a more holistic approach. From TPR activities, to competitions and classroom conversations we’re going to talk you through some of our favorite ways to teach the days of the week in Spanish class and how we put a spin on a less sparkly topic.
Numbers in Spanish can be tricky because they are something that we learn initially as a beginner topic and then if we don’t review them they become something we aren’t confident with. Think of how often you use numbers in conversation, dates, time, age, counting, and the list goes on. Now, imagine that you say it costs dos cientos euros instead of dos mil. Big difference! Today we’re taking a look at how to practice numbers in the Spanish classroom both as a lesson topic and as a quick review that can be incorporated into any lesson plan. As always, we’d LOVE to hear from you. If there are any activities you recommend or would do differently in your classroom, please share in the comments section below!
Happy New Year to all of our Rock A Lingua teachers! We hope that you’re having a smooth transition back into the classroom after the holidays and that you’re taking on 2018 with a lot of energy and enthusiasm! ¡Sois campeon@s! Today on the blog we’re going to take a look at different ideas fo
Felíz October! By now we’re well into the school year and happy to be finding new ways to get our students excited about learning and using the Spanish language. This week we’re taking a look at how our Spanish teaching resources (and others we like!) can help you to teach Spanish to children this year.
Are you a subscriber to Rockalingua or have you seen the email about our new Spanish video comics for kids? Well, if you haven’t let me fill you in. Our Rockalingua designers have been working hard to create video comics and printable worksheets for each of our units because we believe that storytelling in the Spanish classroom is one of the strongest tools you have available and we want to help you take advantage of it! Our goal is to have a video comic and printable worksheet for each unit in the next few months. While we’re working on that let’s talk about how you can use Spanish stories for kids and specifically our video comics in your Spanish classroom this year.
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