Do you groan inwardly every time your lesson plans say that one of the grammar topics this week is “Por vs. Para”? Do you try to be peppy about the topic, like when you try to convince your kids that going to the dentist is Just That Easy!?
Native-speaking teachers and non-native-speaking teachers alike have grammar topics they Just. Hate. To. Teach. For me, one of those has always been the concept of “por vs. para.” As a non-native speaker, I was in the same position as my students, having to try to make sense of a laundry list of rules about this teeny little topic. And as a student, I remember it blowing my mind that BOTH words could be correct in one situation, but with a subtle change in the shade of meaning. High school foreign language students in general have a bit of an issue with “subtle shades of meaning” the way color-blind people have issues with “subtle shades of cerulean.” How frustrating!
Getting kids motivated to learn anything nowadays is a challenge. They’re exposed to so many distractions on TV, the Internet, phones, video games – you name it. So how can you convince them that learning Spanish can be fun? Follow this old saying – show don’t tell!
Have you put your pajamas on backwards or inside-out lately? Done a special little dance before bed? Followed those bizarre little rituals hoping for that fabulous announcement that school will be canceled yet again due to snow? Or are you so over it by now that you’re ready to dog-sled into work just to get out of the house?
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.
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