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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.

Apr 01 ¡Viva la literatura! - Resouces for your Spanish Classroom

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 Anne Silva

Let’s honor literature this April!


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This month in Plaza Santillana, we pay homage to all the richness that literature brings to our lives and the lives of our students. During April in communities around the world, people celebrate various facets of literature and books: International Book Day, International Children’s Book Day, the days we commemorate Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, and others. If literature is celebrated so much in both Spanish-speaking countries and in English-speaking ones, then we here at Plaza Santillana have DOUBLE the celebration going on! We celebrate all things Hispanic, and also value the English-language literature that so enriches our lives as well.

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Mar 28 Nariz en ingles. ¡Feliz viernes! - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Mar 22 La importancia de saber dos idiomas. ¡Feliz viernes! - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Mar 06 Scary Grammar Pitfalls Of DOOM - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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 Anne Silva

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!

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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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