The end of fall and the beginning of winter is an exciting time in our Spanish classes, especially for the kids. And, for teachers it’s the perfect moment to combine our Spanish programs with cultural comparisons and to use the language to learn about holidays and cultural practices in the rest of the world. That’s one of the reasons that we love being language teachers, we have the chance to cultivate curiosity and expand global knowledge through teaching Spanish. One of the most important aspects to teach, especially when the language is not spoken at home or outside of the classroom, is pronunciation. While for some it's not necessarily a difficult topic to tackle, we find that with our goal of getting kids speaking and not wanting to discourage them, we sometimes overlook pronunciation errors for the greater good of creating a positive learning environment. Is anyone else guilty of that? With improving pronunciation as one of our main goals and focuses we've put together a list of different ways that you can incorporate natural pronunciation practice into your Spanish classes for kids even if you're not a native or bilingual speaker.
We’re officially fully into fall and looking forward to all of the fun fall and winter activities we have coming up in Spanish class. Last spring we posted about different ways to use art in the Spanish classroom with younger learners. We love art because it’s a subject that’s able to bend and mold to the needs of our learners, while expanding knowledge not only of Spanish language, but in life. And, we find that it’s a topic that’s super appealing to our students. This year we’re following that post up with these resources and ideas for how to use art in Spanish class with older students or more advanced classes.
For many it’s already that time of the year for hats, scarves, colorful leaves and of course, pumpkin spice everything! Inside our Spanish classrooms routines are starting to take root and we’re thrilled to see how much our kids are enjoying learning Spanish. Here are some of the teaching resources we’re using this fall in our classrooms (and some that extend outside of four walls!)
This year we've focused on creating resources to help teachers teach routines in Spanish class because we believe that routines are one of those magical resources that help keep our classrooms ticking smoothly along. It can be tricky to find routines that our Spanish students are interested in and also accomplish everything we want and need them to. They have to be simple, effective, and serve a purpose all without being boring. They create order, help establish classroom management, create a sense of community, and are the perfect opportunity to practice natural and simple Spanish every day in a way that all of our students can participate at some point or another during the year. It takes time to establish a routine and at the beginning of the year half of your class may look at you like you’ve just landed from Mars, but once they get the hang of them the students can know what to expect and are able to complete the tasks you’ve asked them to. Plus, they are a great way to give our students the reins, but still feel a sense of control because we’ve chosen the routine and know that they are getting something out of it. Here are some of the routine focused resources we've been working on and some other ideas for ways that you can get your classroom up and running with a spotlight on the role of the students.
Summer is [insert every incredible adjective here!]. It’s a time for moving, playing, exploring, traveling, seeing, touching, tasting, and experiencing. As educators we take a (much deserved) break during the summer from our typical workload, but do we ever truly disconnect? We don’t know abou
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.