Music Recommendation

Last week, Raquel Sofia released her first album, Te Quiero Los Domingos. If you are looking for some good music to listen to this summer, then you need to check this out.

You may have heard her song “Agridulce” that we featured in our Lyrics Training post.
Agridulce letras por Raquel Sofia

One of my favorite songs on the album is a jazzy-sounding Te Odio Los Sabados. There is also a reggae twist to the song “Lo que te di”. No matter what style, her voice is amazing.

Raquel Sofia Minions Te quiero los domingos Te quiero los domingos

Check out our earlier feature on this Puerto Rican born artist.

Cada Dia por Raquel Sofia lyrics Raquel Sofia Lyrics Si

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Top Pins 2015

A few years ago, we brought your our Top 10 Pins as determined by the number of repins on pinterest. At that time, we only had 500 followers. We now have almost 7,000. If you aren’t following us yet, here is your personal invitation!

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Click on any of the images below to re-pin to your own boards.
1. Cuando tu profesor te separa de tu mejor amigo en clase

AuthenticResourcesPinterestUsing Instagram as authentic resource of images in our Spanish Lessons. Real life language used as comprehensible input.



2. Uh oh. Teacher called on me. Wasn’t listening. Minion Meme.

Teacher called on me. Wasn't listening meme

Our minion meme is one of our most popular teacher memes. Forget “Grumpy Cat”; the minions are the big hit of using memes in the classroom. Use these images to remind students to pay attention.




3. Subject Pronoun Door

Remember the subject pronouns can be tough work for early Spanish students (heck, they sometimes struggke with the English versions) so these posters are perfect to hang on your door as visual reminders.




4. Trivia Crack Questions in Spanish
TriviaCrackSpanishQuestionsUsing Trivia Crack in your Spanish class. Great way to see authentic questions such as
“¿Cúantos ojos tiene el personaje Mike Wazowski de la película Monsters Inc.?”



5. How Fluent are you?
Fluency in Spanish

A comic that deals with language aquisition.

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Hispanic Novels

First, let me say that the librarian at my school rocks! A few years ago, I approached her about getting my students to read some novels to learn more about the Hispanic culture. She compiled over 60 titles that the library.

Here are a few titles that I recommend: Continue reading

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Decorating with Postcards

I know we have all bought some beautiful postcards during our travels. Let’s use them to decorate our classroom and turn our hospital walls into a charming space that allows students to see the beauty of the target culture.

Decorating Spanish ClassroomStep 1: Buy postcards during your travels. I bought these in Bolivia.
Step 2: Buy a collage frame. Tip: I bought this one for $1.99 at a secondhand store.
Step 3: Use 3m hanging hooks to hang up frame in your classroom.

For a few dollars, you have a beautiful exhibit of the culture. You could do the same with any photos you have taken.

You can do the same with monthly calendars, or find out how to easily hang up those country flags.

How to Class up Your Classroom

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Travel Theme

After coming back from a year of absence traveling South America, I want to bring my experience of travel to the classroom. So this year, one of our major themes throughout the year will be travel and the richness of culture.

We are going to kick it off on the very first day of class. When students enter the room for the first time they will find their seats by looking for an airline ticket with their name on it, which will be placed on the desk.

You can create your own airline ticket, print off our blank template. Or to make it extra easy, just type and print with our editable template.

Here is our student sample:
Student Boarding Pass Template
Our flight is our class number. The boarding time is the time the class starts, the gate is my Fake Airline Ticket Templateclassroom number, the group is the class period, the seat is their position on the roster.
Stay tuned to see what other ideas we have planned for our travel theme.

What do you do on the first day of school to set the tone for the rest of the year?
passport booklets teaching treeCheck out these passport sticker books from the Dollar Tree. Available in “Nations of the World”, “Flags of the World”, and “Landmarks of the World”. You can order a box of  36 on their website.

You can also print your own with our Passport Template which also includes a Visa, and Foreigner ID Card.

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End of Year Awards

In Colombia, students graduate at the end of year 11. The school celebrates with a ceremony during the school day where the 11th graders give performances. Some groups sing songs, others dance.  One of the activities was to present students with awards.  The following awards were given out a students: Continue reading

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Dia de la Madre

At a mall in Quito, Ecuador, the shopping center featured a campaign to promote Dia de la Madre y Dia del Padre with the concept of you better buy your parents something nice because of all they know about you. Below are the images displayed all over the mall. Continue reading

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Thank you to all those who have participated so far in our #MoreThanSombreros campaign. Our goal is to celebrate the rich culture of the Mexican community and bring an awareness on how some images may be stereotypical.

We choose to highlight this on Cinco de Mayo, a day in which Americans thinks its ok to put on a sombrero and mustaches in order to “look Mexican” and drink Mexican beer/tequila and eat tacos.HIlarious or Offensive

Even our own teaching catalogs promote this. They reduce the culture to sombreros and donkeys. And they call it “hilarious”!

On twitter, we’ve been posting facts about Mexico using #MoreThanSombreros. Check out our pinterest board of images that promote the culture and history of Mexico.

Keep those tweets coming!


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Spanish Webquest

One of my favorite reasons for using webquests is to have students discover information Webquests for Spanish Classon their own. I can take a step back and provide any necessary help, but the students are the ones doing all the work. They are completely engaged. Here are my favorite webquests: Continue reading

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Using old maps for bulletin board

Use old maps to create inspiring bulletin boardTake those old road maps, or vacation brochures with maps and create an inspiring bulletin board. Use the die-cut machine and create messages such as “Travel” or messages in the target language to inspire your students to see the world.

If you get catalogs advertising traveling with students, those are full of amazing pictures you can post. Post your own travel photos or print out images from pinterest or post travel quotes. (more quotes here)

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