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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Strengthen your foreign language instruction

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Do you need or want to attend a foreign language seminar.  I highly recommend BER.  I posted once about it here.  I've attended several of these seminars and I have always come away with teaching strategies that I was able to implement the very next day.  Additionally you can often earn 1 or 2 graduate level credits for most courses as they count towards Spanish teacher education.

To find out if there is a Spanish seminar near you go here.  Every time I go to one of these seminars on Spanish teacher training I always feel like it was well worth my time. I just received a packet describing a seminar titled "Strengthening Your Foreign Language Instruction: Making Best Use of Podcasts, Blogs, Wikis, and Other Cutting-Edge Technology Tools"  This particular seminar boasts these:

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately


To find out if there is a Spanish seminar or foreign language seminar near you go here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Los Changuitos

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You may remember that I talked about a great Spanish curriculum for your young students who already know a lot of vocabulary.  It is actually the book used for first grade in Mexico.  It is great for the student who already knows a lot of Spanish.

Next up for us to read is this story called "Los Changuitos," which means "The Little Monkeys."  (You might know that the word monkey is mono in Spanish but in Mexico monkey is chango.)  It is a short story all about how monkeys don't wear various items of clothing each for different reasons.  For example, on one of the pages you see you see 3 monkeys wearing shirts that are way to big. Underneath it says,

"Dicen que los changos                   
no usan camisas.
Porque al caminar
los changuitos se las pisan"

They say that monkeys
don't wear shirts.
Because when they walk
the little monkeys step on them.

The only part I'm not a big fan of is the part where it talks about why they don't wear underwear---because the little monkeys leave them yellow.  : (

Here is a list of words that you may need to review if you are going to read the online Spanish version of the story or if you have the book.

usar- to wear
agujero- hole
las pisan- step on them
patas- feet (of an animal)
petacones- chubby
calzoncillos- underwear


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Another Catchy Way to Learn the Spanish Alphabet

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One on my readers after seeing my post on the Catchiest Spanish Alphabet Song shared this Spanish Alphabet Marching Song.  I know my kids are going to enjoy this one!

As an aside, you'll notice in the beginning of the video that it says that the Spanish Alphabet has 29 letters, which it probably did at the time the video was made.  It seems that now the Royal Spanish Academy has reduced it to 27, getting rid of the "ch" and "ll." So the Spanish alphabet contains all the 26 letters in the English alphabet plus the "ñ."  There are some Latin countries that are not too happy about this and my have decided to keep the alphabet the same.  So if you are teaching the alphabet in your classroom and a student tells you that you forgot some of the letters you can kindly explain that there is debate among some of the Spanish speaking countries so if they want to add in the other letters on their own time when reciting the Spanish alphabet that they can feel free to do so.

There are some other interesting changes like not requiring the accent over the first "o" in solo when it means "only" instead of "alone."  To read more about these changes have a look here.



If you are teaching the Spanish alphabet you might be interested in the say one add one method. What a great technique for teaching the alphabet and making sure that you don't go too fast.