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.
¡Hola profesores! Whether you've worked with us before or this is your first school year with Rockalingua, welcome back and we're happy to have you! By now you’re probably getting back in the groove of being in the classroom full time and while your students are adjusting to your new routines we thought we’d do a blog post on one of our favorite resources: flashcards! Flashcards are amazing because they are versatile and cater to many different learning styles, are colorful and eye-catching, can be used to introduce new material or work to practice the language you've already introduced, and they can be used in stages to provide the proper building blocks for learning the Spanish language without overwhelming your students.
As you may already know we've spent all last year developing a Learning Management System (LMS) for Spanish class. Back in June we tested the LMS with a group of teachers and they LOVED it! Teachers said that students were super engaged, working on the tasks they had assigned them, and that differentiated instruction was easily implemented with our LMS since teachers can assign tasks to a whole class or to specific students that might need easier or more chanllenging assignments. Check out this minute and a half video to learn everything about it!