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Training Session #1: 8 Steps to a Productive Summer (Step 2)- Resources for your Spanish classroom

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Jul 16

Let's revisit Training Session #1 and tackle Step 2 of 8 Steps to a Productive Summer!

Step 2 to a productive summer will be to provide at least 1 example of an electronic resource. An electronic resource can include a website, an eBook, a videocast, or a podcast, just to name a few. Please include the following when sharing your electronic resource(s):

  1. What level(s)?
  2. What is the target vocabulary?
  3. What is the target grammar?
  4. What is the cultural element?

For example, our very own Descubre el español webiste offers an interactive map teachers can share with their classroom. This interactive map features the Hispanic countries the characters travel to throughout the Descubre el español series and some fun facts about each country.

  1. Levels- K-5
  2. Target vocabulary- General
  3. Target grammar- General
  4. Cultural element- Hispanic countries

This week the BEST examples will receive a FREE copy of Hablando bien se entiende la gente*. 5 examples will be chosen by Thursday, July 19, so let the sharing begin!

Ready, set, SHARE!

*Before you share, you must be registered to win the free prize. If you haven’t registered for our Professional Development Summer Series, please click here!

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Bradley Donaldson July 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM Reply
"Mi Vida Loca" is an interactive mystery drama web series that takes beginning Spanish students on an adventure through Madrid.

The video series is great for students and educators because it's made to be a comprehensive learning experience (complete with learning supplements, teacher guides, etc.)

1. Spanish I
2. Target Vocab - General
3. Target Grammar - General
4. Cultural Element - Exploring Madrid
Richard Detwiler July 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM Reply
Dancing with Words | Strategies for Learning Pragmatics in Spanish

Levels- Intermediate, Advanced
Target vocabulary- General
Target grammar- General
Cultural element- Culturally informed common communications situations
michele July 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM Reply
Levels: ALL
Target Vocab: This amazing site is a word map creating that creates word families. Type in a Spanish, French, Italian, or English word and the site creates a word map of synonyms/antonyms, nouns, adjectives etc, derivations of that particular word and their respective definitions.
Target grammar: All inclusive
Cultural element: Helps students create a larger lexicon in the target language by giving multiple examples.
Please try this site for yourself!
maria July 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM Reply
Level: Kindergarten
Target vocabulary: General
Target Grammar: General
Cultural element: Teacher's choice
I love the talking books at
It has some in spanish and even a template if the teacher wants to create one.
Judy Friesenhahn July 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM Reply
Level: all
Target vocabulary: general/create your own
Target Grammar: vocabulary use
Cultural Element: builds vocabulary for target language
This site has some built in vocabulary practice in a game format, allows you to set up classes and monitor students' practice, and also allows you to build your own sets of vocabulary practice.
Spanish Classroom July 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM Reply
Thank you all for sharing! These are some wonderful examples and I hope you are all taking notes and plan on using these resources for your upcoming school year. Please continue to share as the BEST 5 will receive a FREE copy of "Hablando bien se entiende la gente".
Marci Gutiérrez July 16, 2012 at 9:05 PM Reply
Level: High School Spanish 2
Target vocabulary: Verbs
Target Grammar: Preterite vs. Imperfect
Cultural element: Music

This video is a lot of fun!
Diane July 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM Reply, podcasts
1) levels 1-AP (USA), A1-B2 (European); they have Basic Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced
2) everything
3) In the Basic Beginners, Intermediate the grammar builds progressively from present to preterite, present perfect,subjunctive etc.
4) Each podcast is centered on a different theme and ties in to peninsular Spanish culture: food, markets, hours of meals, shopping etc.
Simone Ahlborn July 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM Reply
Spanish levels 0,1, & 2
Wordplay allows you to create free accounts for each student, then track their progress online while they master vocabulary playing a simple video game in Spanish. Some of my fifth grade students learned all of the vocabulary words and expressions in the text they will use next fall in middle school before the end of the school year this past spring! You get lots of data and no paperwork for grading...what's not to like? The website's founder, Thomas Butt, is super responsive and helpful if you have any questions.
Anita Moser July 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM Reply
Spanish levels: 1, 1a,1b
Target language and grammar: general is a website explaining the traditional quincieanera fiesta. Students read and see pictures of a real quincieanera celebration. After answering questions related to the reading. Students pretend they are in Mexico and send a postcard to the family explaining the celebration they attended.
Spanish Classroom July 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM Reply
Congratulations to:


We wish we can give free books to everyone, but congratulations to the BEST 5 for this week! Your electronic resources were so much fun, yet educational! Please check back next week for Step 3 and another chance of winning more resources for your Spanish classroom!!
Melissa Drummond July 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM Reply

This is an excellent 52 episode series, available streaming with optional closed caption. Just scroll down and click on VoD for each episode listed.

What level(s)? high school/adult
What is the target vocabulary? from basic to advanced with conversational context
What is the target grammar? all
What is the cultural element? on site filming in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, & Puerto Rico
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