Monthly Archives: February 2012
February 21, 2012 by Megan
I was just recently reminded of a few things that have my head spinning as I work with my students …
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February 21, 2012 by Kara
Yo piratear su blog!!! Amo enriqua!! -Well I just learned what happens when I give a student my iPad to …
February 20, 2012 by Kara
I’m experimenting with new ways to take vocabulary notes. I don’t mind giving them a list, but that puts all …
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February 20, 2012 by Megan
“If you put up with small annoyances, you will gain great results.”
Oh, the wisdom from a fortune cookie! Teaching requires such patience. Remember this today… Learning is a process and it takes time. This is what my friend Elena used to tell me as I would get frustrated with the language. Don’t let the little “annoyances” prevent you from seeing how much your students are actually learning!
Have a great day!
February 19, 2012 by Megan
I use a lot of commercials in class to catch my students attention and get them using the target language at the beginning of class. This is one of my favorites because it is different from any Nike commercial they are used to and it’s full of Spanish culture. It is easy to talk about things they already know like descriptions, nationalities, and sports and music. I ask them a lot of questions… “Do you like this video? Who are these people? Is he cute? What dd the people look like in the video?” I’ll let them decide how long we talk but we always cover 3 things…
El video es sobre…(they tell the main idea)
Es muy… (they describe it)
En el video hay (they tell what they saw)
Here are a few other videos my students like…
Nike – Escribe el futuro http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Nike – Chicharito
Pepsi – Real Madrid
Try these out in class! See if it gets some of your students more interested in class conversations!
February 18, 2012 by Kara
The number one reason students choose to take a world language is because they want to SPEAK it. How much …
February 17, 2012 by Megan
This is one of the latest songs from the Puerto Rican group “Calle 13.” It won 2011 Song of the Year at the Latin Grammys and includes vocalists from Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. This is a beautiful video for students to see real people and real life across Latin America. The song is a tribute to Latinos and exudes pride and love for the hardworking people and their countries. It touches on some social and political issues but shows the viewer… our lives aren’t perfect, but this is who we are and you can’t buy all that we have. It starts in a radio station in Cuzco, Pero and the radio introduces the group in Quechua.
This video is just too good to not show in class! Here’s a few idea on what students could do in the language to challenge their Spanish skills while soaking up the culture.
1.) Write down the words they recognize.
2.) Describe the people they see.
3.) Describe what the chorus is about.
4.) Describe the houses/nature.
5.) Make lists of the weather mentioned.
6.) Write a verse about their own country and what is beautiful to them that cannot be bought.
Have you seen this video? How else could it be used in class to build students language skills?
February 16, 2012 by Kara
This is one of those questions that I heard daily and it drove me a little crazy. I want them …
February 15, 2012 by Megan
Here is the description from the iTunes app store… “La Sireenaaaaaa!…. El Caballitoooo!!… El Polloooooooo!! Descarga ahora el típico juego …
February 14, 2012 by Kara
Confession: I used to be a “The Real World” junkie. I loved that wild, drama-filled show on MTV! They had …