Feliz 2011

Feliz año nuevo a todos

I know many of you are coming back from vacation and starting school this week. Hope your vacation was relaxing and you are refreshed and ready to dive back into the classroom. Our goal this year is to expand this blog, including more updates and more diverse entries, and hope to expand our readership. Thanks for everyone for reading this blog. If you have your own blog, please leave it in the comments and let’s network!

Keeping yourself updated:
We teach what we know and we teach what we have learned. But, of course, a language is a living, growing thing and therefore there are always changes. We must continue to keep ourselves in the loop of the latest rules and nuisances of the language. Recently, the REA has approved several changes which affect some of the items we teach at all levels of Spanish. Including new spelling rules and new pronunciation for some letters of the alphabet.
Most notably:
b – “be” instead of “be grande/alta”
v – “uve” instead of “be chica/baja”
y – no longer “y griega” but now “ye”

Accents no longer needed on:
sólo” y los pronombres “éste”, “ése” y “aquél

“Ex” no longer a separate word. Now “expresidente” “exnovio”
*(http://www.lanacion.com.ar/nota.asp?nota_id=1338084)

We will be updating our twitter account more frequently too. @Spanishplans
Please follow us.

To end today’s post, we’d like to offer a lesson which can be used on the first day back to school. It’s always hectic on the first day back; students want to be talking anyway…. give them an opportunity to practice their speaking and finding out about their classmates in our Conversation Cards activity. Over 160 questions ready to use!!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spanish-Conversation-Cards-Oral-Speaking-Activity

¡Hasta la próxima!

About spanishplans

Spanish Teacher in Chicago. Have studied or traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Uruguay. Have taught level 1 at middle and high school levels. Degree in Spanish and Master's in Teaching and Leadership. Blogger www.SpanishPlans.org
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