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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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Mar 29 Un estudiante puede . . . . . Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Maria J. Fierro-Treviño

Como profesores todos queremos que nuestros estudiantes aprendan bien el español y puedan usarlo en su vida diaria ya sea hablando con otros estudiantes, escribiendo correos electrónicos a Pen Pals en otros países, escuchando música latina o leyendo un libro. Unos estudiantes son esponjas y otros toman más tiempo para aprender. Bueno, tenemos que tener bastante paciencia y mucho entusiasmo para motivar a todos los estudiantes especialmente en el primer nivel. Los estudiantes piensan que al fin del primer año de español van a ser bilingües. ¡Ay, ay ay! Por nuestra parte también hay que tener cuidado de no frustrar a los estudiantes empujándolos a que traten de utilizar el español en situaciones complejas que no pueden realizar. Muchas veces pensamos que los estudiantes pueden expresarse más de lo que nos muestran en clase. ¿Cuánta información puede aprender y expresar un estudiante realísticamente? Es una pregunta compleja, pero vamos a empezar aquí.

El American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages acaba de estrenar las nuevas guías de habilidad comunicativa describiendo los siguientes niveles: novato, intermedio, avanzado, superior y distinguido. Estos niveles no corresponden a los niveles de español (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII) que toma el estudiante en la escuela o la universidad. Estas guías de habilidad comunicativa nos ayudan a comprender lo que un estudiante puede leer, escribir, entender o expresar oralmente mientras el estudiante sube la escalera de proficiencia de novato a distinguido.

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Mar 27 Mini-Lessons for the Doldrums and Pesky Schedule Changes – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Christine Mosso

This time of year enthusiasm is hard to maintain. In fact, it might be gone. Maybe the weather is dreary; maybe the year isn’t going as planned-and the end seems so far away; and maybe those standardized tests are really messing with your plans. The kids are tired, you’re tired…it’s the third marking period doldrums. Here’s an idea to inject some color on those dreary days and to have the shortened classes still be worthwhile-even if it wasn’t what you had originally planned: min-culture lessons.

You can contract or expand them according to your constraints or needs as imaginative as you want to be. These lessons can be adjusted to all levels of Spanish. You can take the same lesson and adjust it for level I up to a class full of native speakers.

Mar 26 Honoring a Chef - Women’s History Month in the Spanish Class - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Andrea Roberson

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’d like to recognize a lady chef who has revolutionized the food industry and serves as inspiration to the future chefs of the Americas, Ingrid Hoffmann. Ingrid was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1965 and moved to Miami, FL in 1985. After several jobs in the fashion and soap opera industries, Ingrid pursued her passion for cooking.

Mar 23 Spanish Club - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Christine Mosso

Some of the most fun I had with students was during Spanish Club activities. Some clubs are for additional, informal conversation practice. Most of the ones I was involved with as a teacher were culturally themed. If you don’t have a club at your school, I highly recommend organizing one. Our Spanish club was an opportunity to further explore culture in Spanish-speaking countries with not only the students in our classes, but also those who weren’t taking Spanish. The club turned out to be excellent P.R for our program. A number of students who didn’t initially take Spanish, decided to take Spanish later. The club also exposed even more kids to the Spanish-speaking world. I also got the chance to get to know some wonderful kids who weren’t in my classes-yet. And for the kids I did teach, this was an informal way to work with things they learned in class and to get to know each other in a less formal setting. We were having fun-no grades involved and no performance anxiety.

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