Authentic Instagrams

We are always looking for authentic resources to use in our lessons. Right now, instagram is the social media of choice for students. We found an instagram full of authentic quotes that pertain to students, especially regarding school. What a great way for kids to read authentic texts and be engaged.


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History through soccer

It’s here! The 2014 World Cup kicks off today! And while we will be glued to the TV during all 64 games, there are some interesting shows that showcase the history of South America through the context of soccer.

Produced by ESPN, these shows are now available on netflix.

The Two EscobarsThe Two Escobars focuses on two figures in Colombia who happen to share a last name. Andrés Escobar, a soccer star for the National team, was killed after scoring an own goal in the 1994 World Cup.
The other Escobar, Pablo, was a powerful figure in Colombia’s drug cartel era. And during his time in “prison”, which happened to be his own mansion, he would arrange for soccer teams to come and play at his estate.


30 for 30 soccer storiesThe 30 for 30: Soccer Stories has 8 episodes, but the most interesting regarding South American history is called The Opposition. After a military coup in 1973, Augusto Pinochet ruled Chile by stomping out any opposition. Intertwined in this story is how the Chilean national soccer team qualified for the World Cup when the Soviet Union refused to play in Santiago’s National Stadium, which was used as a torture camp for political prisoners. Continue reading

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Spanish Superhero ProjectHere’s a fun activity to culminate at the end of the year or to begin the year with a review. (See also, Animal Unit) Have your students create they very own Superhero. They can describe the superhero in the target language. Students can even create their own trading card and write in the following information:

Nombre:Captain Mexico Trading Card
Nombre verdadero:
Descripción Física:

Buy our ready to use unit that comes with a list of essential superhero vocabulary plus a template for the trading card.

With superhero movies being a big hit (such as Avengers, and X-Men) especially among boys, use that interest to connect with your kids and get them excited about coming to class.

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Classroom Door Idea

I saw this picture on pinterest and, like many images, I thought of how I could incorporate it into a foreign language classroom. This post from SewWoodsy featured this door covered in pictures in the style of instagram.
instagram doorHow cool would this be to do on your classroom door or even as a bulletin board? My initial thought was to use album covers from CDs, since they are square already. But then I thought it would be so eye-opening for students to see images that show the culture and represent the beauty of our target cultures and countries. If you’ve traveled, I’m sure you have tons of pictures that you could print out. If not, pinterest or google images is full of eye-catching pictures that will grab your students attention! Check out some of the colorful images of the culture on our Hispanic Countries and Culture pinterest board.

Let students see the real beauty of the culture

Let students see the real beauty of the culture


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End of La Liga

This year my students have each followed a specific Spanish-league team from the beginning of the season until now, the end of the season.
Students would track their scores on a weekly basis using a Google Docs spreadsheet. Now that the league has crowned a champion we are going to celebrate in class with year end awards. For students who were tracking Atletico Madrid, they will be awarded a trophy. You can find mini trophies for sale at hobby stores or dollar stores. I printed a label with the team name and “campeones” to place at the bottom of each trophy.
For the teams that are relegated, I picked up some yo-yos at the dollar store. Even though these teams are going down now to the second division they make be back up the year after.
I also wanted to give something to the teams that finished second through sixth place for qualifying for the European competition next season, but I have yet to think of anything.

La Liga Awards

Spain La Liga futbol WebquestFor more information about this project, check out our La Liga posts. We will also be updating our Spain’s La Liga Futbol Webquest this summer for the 2014-2015 year. You can buy it now and be able to download any new updates when they become available!

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Copa Mundial

World Cup Futbol Unit

Just finished this 12 page packet for the World Cup.

This 12 page packet features a 4 page webquest where students will find out information about the tournament, the teams, and its history. Also features 4 songs including the 2010 World Cup anthem by Shakira and 2 World Cup songs from this year 2014 Fifa World Cup as well as an inspiring song about Mexico’s national team.

Includes links to 8 websites for students to find information (or you can have your students find the information on their own) as well as links to 6 infographics, which are also included in this file.

The song activities include a link and qr code to the music video.

Not sure? Download the free preview by clicking “PREVIEW” underneath the pictures on the left on this page.

Don’t have time for a full packet? Check out our Copa Mundial Infographic, in which Copa Mundial Infographicstudents will answer 7 questions by looking at the 32 teams in this summer’s World Cup.

32 more days until Brazil and Croatia kick off the World Cup. Who are you rooting for?


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Don’t say Happy Cinco de Mayo

CNN Español (in English) What you need to know about 5 de mayo. My favorite line from this: “Don’t Say Happy Cinco de Mayo to a Mexican. We don’t say that.”

Fiesta for cinco de mayo

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At the end of the year, I go around as students are cleaning out their lockers and am able to collect a lot of packs of notecards. These come in quite handy throughout the school various for various activities. Sometimes, I will use them for a quick quiz. This week, I came up with an idea after a new vocabulary lesson.

I had the students write 3 questions using their new vocabulary. Students always need practice asking questions, and this allowed them to apply their new vocabulary words. As some students worked and others finished, I was able to help correct some students’ questions.

Notescards in FL

Then have all students stand up. You can ask a question to the class and have students raise their hands to answer. As each student answers a question correctly, they may sit down. This way you can be sure that every student answers a question.

Or you can direct the questions to students. Or you can have the class form two big circles, one inner and one outer and have students face each other. Have them ask each other the questions. They, rotate one of the circles until they talk to all their classmates in the other circle.

You could also collect the questions as an “exit” slip and see how well students can apply their new vocabulary.

What other strategies do you use with notecards besides having students use them as flashcards? Share below.

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Use your notes

Ok, I’m frustrated. There is nothing more aggravating when kids just sit at their desks because they don’t understand a word. Nope, instead of bothering to look in their notes, they would rather do nothing. And you would they would realize that I’m not going to tell them the word. They know my response is going to by “Look in your notes.” and yet day after day it continues. Today, I typed up the following sign and enlarged it on our poster marker to hang it up in the classroom. It’s on bright pink paper…. they probably won’t even notice it, but at least now I can just point to it, rather them wasting more breath.

Open your notebook
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Top 15 Apps for Spanish Class

These are a list of my Top 15 Apps that I have used with iPads in my Spanish 1 class. I have divided them into 4 sections. Language Apps allows the students to practice the Top 15 Apps para espanollanguage or see the language in real use. Production Apps allow the students to create a product, but by using the target language. Culture Apps allow students to explore culture and learn more about the places where the target language is spoken. Lastly, Management Apps are a way for the teacher to manage the class including turning in of assignments and posting information for the students. And best of all, all 15 of these Apps are FREE!

Language:  Spanish Language Apps

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