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Article about punctuation in Spanish: http://www.bbc.com/mundo/
In this article in The Language Educator, Grant Gearhart (Armstrong State University) says that blogging is “a powerful multimedia tool for promoting cultural connections with communities beyond the classroom… The very act of publishing a blog post embodies the goal of creating original content for a specific audience, but it does so through a widely accessible digital portal. As a result, the teacher ceases to be the definitive backstop for the author’s message, meaning the student will have to think more deeply about the writing, thus enhancing the overall authorial experience.” Blogging in a second language is especially helpful in getting students to consider how readers other than their teacher see their writing. The result: they work harder at catching errors and expressing themselves in the best possible way.
Gearhart got his college Spanish class going
on a blog and was thrilled by the result; students took over and he became the “guide on the side” quite early in the process. “Soon,” he says, “the students imagined the blog as something more than
just a website for a class; they began to see it as a bridge between what they were learning in class and what was happening on our campus and in our community.” Promoted on Facebook, Twitter, and
YouTube, the site became a place where other students could publish their writing. You can check out their mission-driven blog, “Building the Hispanic Voice at Armstrong,” at www.unydosarmstrong.
Here are Gearhart’s suggestions for starting a class blog at the middle or high school level:
- Choose a theme or identify a particular audience for the blog.
- Decide on a platform – perhaps WordPress, Squarespace, Weebly, or Blogger.com.
- Identify roles and teams, organizing students by their strengths.
- In a large class, consider breaking it into teams and having each one do its own blog.
- Have everyone contribute some content – an essay, photo, interview, or something else.
- Focus on marketing, spreading the word to potential readers.
How should students’ work on the blog be evaluated? Gearhart employed the same rubric he used for grading compositions and projects, explaining to students what needed to be polished or changed to reach a broader audience. Sometimes he graded blog posts and students made immediate changes. Other times he got students critiquing each others’ work. For younger students, he suggests breaking the project into smaller chunks and giving feedback at each stage.
“Blogging to Build Digital Literacy and Community Awareness” by Grant Gearhart in The Language Educator, October/November 2016 (Vol. 11, #4, p. 36-39), no e-link available
Great article that validates studying a second language!
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Here's a link to newspapers throughout the Latin America and
Spain. You can use these for reading comprehension activities, or to simply have students find and underline/hightlight specific verb tenses/cognates/vocabulary/etc. I find this
useful to encourage growth in the target language at any level.
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SITES FOR CREATING PRESENTATIONS:
ANALYZING NON-VERBAL TEXTS:
DAY OF THE DEAD VIDEO LINK:
Bullying Website in Italian:
Has videos and posters too.
7 Tips for the first week of Spanish class: Have a great start of the year!
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7 Tips for the 1st week of school para la clase de español:
7 tips to keep to start your school year off right!
1. Teach in the target language.
Set the tone on the first day by speaking only in Spanish. Even in Spanish I! My lesson for the first day of Spanish I is ¿Cómo te llamas?/Me llamo... and I give students Spanish names or let them choose their names.
2. Make name tags. Yes, even in high school.It's the fastest way for me and my students to learn each others' names. Take a piece of paper and fold it into thirds. Students write their Spanish names on one of the sides. Set the name tags on the desk in a triangle with the name facing out. Have the students bring the name tags to class for the first week or two, until everyone knows each others' Spanish names.
3. Keep the class interactive. I like to use an ice breaker Busca a alguien que... for Spanish II and above. It helps students get to know each other better and gets them up and moving. It's great when you see that the students needs a change of pace (especially for longer 80 minute classes!)
4.Give students a "Coping Card." To play: in partners, Help your students communicate in Spanish by giving them a paper to use in class with the most common classroom phrases. I allow them to use it at all times (except testing.) Eventually, they won't need to look at the paper at all.
5. Explain why the class is taught mainly in Spanish. On the first day of school, as the students walk through the door, I give them a paper written in English that welcomes them to class and explains why I am going to speak mostly in Spanish during the class. It helps them to know what to expect and not freak out once class starts in Spanish.
6. Use a variety of activities. Songs, commercials, communicative activities, games, Mix it up and give the students a variety to keep their interest and get them excited about coming to class.
7. End the week on a high note with a fun game! I make sure that I save 10 minutes at the end of the class on Friday for a game. I teach them the counting game of ¡Caramba! For Spanish classes that don't know the numbers yet, I play Cognate Challenge: a game where students must guess the English word (teléfono, telephone.) They hear the word in Spanish and must guess the English word. If the student is incorrect, they are out. They may join in again if they guess another word correctly that another students has answered incorrectly. I also play Ensalada rusa, a team word game.
FlashSticks is an interesting new site/app for learning a foreign language. The way this works is a user prints out a color coded (blue - masculine nouns, pink - feminine nouns, green - other words) flashcard and then hovers their mobile device over it. A brief video pops up of a tutor showing how to pronounce the word. Flashsticks are ideal for learning any number of languages such as: French, English, Spanish, and more.
I highly recommend checking out FlashSticks by clicking here!!!
Below is a brief demo...
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