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Isabel Mendoza nació en Cali (Colombia) una ciudad famosa por la alegría y el ambiente festivo de sus ciudadanos. Los colombianos llaman a Cali “la sucursal del cielo” y una de las mayores atracciones turísticas de...
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Anne Smieszny Silva is from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was a synchronized swimmer for eight years. She began learning Spanish in middle school. She earned Bachelor’s degrees with Honors from the Ohio State...
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Patricia Acosta is from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where at age 8 she began to show her passion for education by teaching math to her (often unwilling) friends, classmates, neighbors and pets with the help...
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Mario A. Nuñez loves Madrid… and when in Madrid, he does what the Madrileños do…eat tapas “con locura”! Somehow he also finds time to go to the museums and cultural sites…
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Angela Padron is originally from Freehold, New Jersey where she grew up in a bicultural household. She had the best of both worlds learning about her mother’s English heritage and her father’s...
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María Treviño loves to travel. Visiting Spanish-speaking countries brings her greatest satisfaction. It’s impossible for her to choose one location as each city has its own special attraction. She loves to...
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Evelyn Silva nació en la pequeña y hermosa ciudad de Cienfuegos, situada en el centro-sur de la isla de Cuba. Amante del olor del mar y del sonido de las olas al chocar con los muros, Evelyn emigró a...

Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

Jan 31 Pedro Urbina - Newest Member of the Plaza Santillana Family

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We are excited to welcome Pedro Urbina to the Plaza Santillana neighborhood!

Pedro is passionate about language teaching and language learning. He began his career teaching history and ESL, and moonlighting for a community newspaper. His colorful career includes helping to establish a start-up language developer in the early 90s and traveling all over Mexico and Guatemala to write about tourism. Over the years he has been editor of numerous language textbook programs and has headed-up language departments at three major textbook developers. He is currently Executive Editor at Santillana. Pedro holds a B.A. in Spanish and History from Tufts University, with a strong concentration in International Relations.

Jan 31 ¿CONJUGAR O NO CONJUGAR? ÉSTA ES LA PREGUNTA - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Maria J. Fierro-Treviño

Camino por el pasillo dónde se encuentran los salones de clase de idiomas. En esta escuela particular, hay cuatro profesores de español. Todos enseñan de distintos modos. Entro en el primer salón y me siento para escuchar la lección. El enfoque de esta lección es la conjugación de nuevos verbos. La profesora empieza con una explicación sobre como conjugar los verbos, y para la práctica, los estudiantes comienzan a conjugar los verbos oralmente, después en la pizarra y por fin en sus propios cuadernos. No hay nada de interacción para conectar los verbos con una conversación o una lectura. Observo a los estudiantes y siento la tortura que sufren. Salgo calladamente del salón de clase.

Sigo por el pasillo y entro a otro salón de clase. Esta profesora también está introduciendo la conjugación de nuevos verbos pero veo que tiene un párrafo escrito en la pizarra. Los verbos conjugados están subrayados. La profesora les pide a los estudiantes que lean el párrafo y que observen los verbos subrayados. Observo las caras de los estudiantes. Todos están leyendo y analizando el párrafo tratando de descifrar lo que ocurre. Levantan las manos y expresan sus opiniones. La profesora guía la conversación de los estudiantes hasta el punto que determinan la observación correcta. Al terminar esta etapa de la lección, la profesora les hace preguntas a los estudiantes utilizando los verbos del párrafo. Todos pueden contestar las preguntas manipulando la conjugación del verbo dentro del contexto de la respuesta. Me da tanta satisfacción ver lo que ocurre en este salón.

¿En cuál de los dos salones van a tener más éxito los estudiantes?

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Jan 27 AATSP / Santillana USA Webinar Reference Books - Where to Find Them

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We have received several requests regarding the books referenced by Mario Nuñez during our two webinar sessions held this week: Reading Strategies in the Spanish Classroom and Teaching Vocabulary in the Spanish Classroom. Please find below the information and details of each of the books, as well as Mario Nuñez’s contact information.

¡Que disfruten de la lectura! ¡Estamos deseando volver a organizar seminarios para Vds!

Reading Strategies in the Spanish Classroom: Recommended resources

Elementary School Level

La noche, by Andrés Guerrero

Lots of things can happen at night and there’s a lot to do. Nighttime appears covered with stars and peacefully still, but it's full of surprises!

ISBN: 9781603961806, Alfaguara - Santillana (2008), Paperback, $7.95

Customer Service/ Orders: 1-800-245-8584


Leyendas sobre aparecidos, by Edgardo Sanabria Santaliz

The subject of ghosts is a must in any legend. In this book fearless readers will find two: The story behind the famous Well of Jacinto, found in a beach in Jobos, in Isabela island, and the mystery of the apparition of a “fairy” in the cemetery of the town of Manati.

ISBN: 9781575818658, Alfaguara -Santillana (2006), Paperback, $7.95

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Customer Service/ Orders: 1-800-245-8584


Leyendas de misterio, by Ana María Fuster Lavín

Collection of stories filled with mysterious events... In one of them, the tolling of the bells in an old sugar refinery is always an omen of tragedy. In another, a town suffers endless catastrophes because its inhabitants did not heed the advice of a wizard.

ISBN: 9781575818641, Alfaguara (2006), Paperback, $7.95

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Jan 26 Thank you for participating! AATSP/Santillana USA Webinars – Session 2

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Presenter: Mario A. Nuñez

Thank you to all who participated in our “Teaching Vocabulary in the Spanish Classroom” webinar. We hope that you found the webinar informative, and that the activities and documents provided were useful and beneficial.

CLICK HERE if you are interested in receiving information about our future webinars.

Please see below for the links to the documents that were referenced during the webinar.

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