Last Chance

Today is the last day to enter our month long giveaway. tpt giveaway

We’re giving away a $25 gift certificate to TpT plus two of our teacher meme products.

All you have to do is post one of our memes from www.spanishplans.org/memes to….

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Blog Share

I recently read some fellow blogs with some great ideas and wanted to pass them along.

1. “And the winner is….” by Aventuras Nuevas
In this blog post, the author shares how she takes a current event, such as the Oscar, and brings it to the classroom. Check out the impressive collection of authentic tweets that the students get to read the next day in class!

2. “Thief! A game to practice physical descriptions and direct object pronouns” by The Comprehensible Classroom.
Martina shares an old game she has used to practice asking and answering yes/no questions related to physical descriptions. A easy game that is sure to engage your students.

3. “The Road to Proficiency is Littered with Errors” by The Divergent Spanish Teacher
Sra. Carnes prepares her students for a communicative assessment by saying “If you are perfect and make no mistakes, you will NOT get a 100%. You will not get a 100 because if you make no mistakes, you stayed safe and gave me [this much]. It is not possible at this level of proficiency for you to be perfect AND do what I am asking you to do.” And she is spot on! We need to encourage our students to take risks and be more concerned about using the language that being afraid to make a mistake.

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Sims in Spanish

Sim games are pretty popular among teenagers, and with this game in Spanish, students Habbo Spanish Simscan practice their Spanish vocabulary of building a house and creating an avatar.

Según el sitio:

“¿Qué es Habbo?
Habbo es una comunidad virtual dirigida a jovenes a partir de 14 años, aquí puedes crearte un personaje y diseñar tus propias salas. Pero tambien hay otras muchas cosas que puedes hacer……conocer nuevos amigos, chatear, organizar fiestas, cuidar y entrenar mascotas virtuales, realizar retos, crear y participar en multiples juegos,…..y con muchas de las actividades del Hotel ganarás placas.

Habbo es principalmente un lugar seguro y emocionante donde divertirte con tus amigos.”

Students can sign up with facebook or email.

This may be something to check out yoursef to decide if it is something you could use in your class or suggest for students to play outside of class.

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February Meme Contest

February: It’s the year’s shortest month and yet somehow it feels like the longest. To help get us through the month, we’d like to add a little humor to your workplace. Many of you are familiar with our teacher memes, so we’d like to use this opportunity to spread the joy. Announcing our very first ever Teacher Contest with great prizes including two $25 gift certificates to Teachers Pay Teachers.com

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Dia de San Valentin Blog Hop

Welcome Spanish Teachers,
We are happy to have you joining us as part of a Spanish Teacher collaborative Valentine’s Day Blog Hop! SpanishTeacherBlogHop

I happened to spend the month of September in Colombia, in which they celebrate el mes de amor y amistad, which is specifically celebrated on the 3rd Saturday. Common activities include playing “amigo secreto“. Amigo Secreto is played just like Secret Santa, where you pick names randomly and give them a gift secretly. Usually the first few weeks you give a gift of candies or sweets (endulzada) and then on the final “discovery” you give a nice gift.

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Colombian Breaking Bad

My favorite show was Breaking Bad, and I was excited when Univision announced it was Metastasisgoing to do a re-make of the show in Spanish. The adaptation is called “Metasasis” and is nearly identical to the U.S. version. Here we point out some of  differences. If you teach a high lever (of more mature students who may have been fans of the show), they may find these tidbits interesting. Continue reading

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Lyrics Training

If you like using music in your class as much as I do (13 posts tagged Música), then you may be interested in checking out LyricsTraining.com.  It’s essentially an online cloze Using Lyrics Training for Spanish classactivity that uses the music video in the background. You can select level of difficulty or even use it for karaoke!

I recently created 4 lyric training activities using my new favorite artist, Raquel Sofia. You can practice the lyrics to her songs Cada Día, Samba, La Ecuación, and Agridulce. These songs are fantastic for early level and intermediate Spanish classes.

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6 Places to Connect with Spanish Teachers

Imagine a staff lounge full of like-minded Spanish teachers with whom you could Top 6 Ways to Connect with Foreign Language Teachers: A Blog post by SpanishPlans.orgdiscuss best practices, talk about lesson ideas, collaborate on projects, and more. Well, that place does exist, you just have to broaden your definition of lounge. So today we show you the Top 6 places to connect with other Spanish teachers. And wouldn’t you know it, the best places to socialize are through social media.

6. Facebook
Join groups such as World Language Education or FL Facebook Spanish GroupsTeacher. Once you are a member, you can find the group on the left panel of facebook underneath “Groups”. Write a post, reply with comments, all with a website you likely already use.

5. reddit
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Although, a popular website, one typically doesn’t think of education and teachers, but did you know reddit has its own Education, Teachers, and even a Spanish Teachers subreddit? Here’s our profile page. Mainly for discussions, you can vote up or down posts and comments. Continue reading

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My Favorite Lessons

Spanish Lesson PlansThere are some activities that, as a teacher, I look forward to every year. Here are some of my favorite lesson plans for my Spanish class that I’m sure you will enjoy and your students will too.

1. Corte Ingles Clothing WebquestSpanish Ropa Vocab
This is one of my favorites because it makes students discover the vocabulary on their own. Instead of teaching a list of vocabulary words, I give them the words and they have to figure out what the words mean by looking at a Spanish department store. It is very engaging and students have fun “shopping” and learning how to use context to discover meaning. The teacher can walk around the monitor but the lesson is student centered!

Here’s what other teachers say about it:
“This was a fantastic activity! I used it with my middle school students. It was fun and allowed them to take responsibility for learning some of the vocabulary on their own. “

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Trivia

As other teachers have pointed out, Trivia Crack is the latest craze in app-games. The best part is you can play this game in Spanish. Have students “challenge” each other or create a class tournament. Sure, some of the questions may be really hard (especially in a foreign language), but others are super easy and fun (especially for language learners). Or play the game yourself and screenshot some questions your students could figure out, and put the images in a presentation. This takes away the stress of a timed response since they will need extra time to read in the target language.
Here’s a sampling of some questions that work great for Spanish class:

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