The Spanish Christmas Lottery: 2015 Commercial

This year’s official commercial for the Spanish Christmas Lottery was released early this morning. Kent House shared it on the iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching group on Facebook and oh, I am so glad that he did! These commercials make me cry every year. Instead of luck and fortune and indulgence, each year they uphold the values of generosity…

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Thanksgiving

Let’s talk about Thanksgiving for a moment. First, think back on everything that you have ever done to celebrate or teach about the holiday in your World Language classes. Got a mental list? Great. Now, think about why you decided to do each of the things that you have done in the past. If you’re like…

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Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that Mexico is just one of seven Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America that celebrates its independence between September 15 and October 15, the official dates of the Mes de la hispanidad or Mes de la herencia in the US? Dear Spanish teacher, what’s your plan? PLAN FOR EL MES DE LA HISPANIDAD STEP 1: Get the word out to…

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Cinco for El Cinco

Here are five great Cinco de Mayo resources that I’ve found around the Web. Coming off of a lively #authres conversation during #langchat (that I read post-facto), I want to clarify what makes a ‘great resource’ in my mind: A great resource is interesting [or it can be made interesting] That’s it. If it’s interesting, I’ll find a way to…

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Spanish class ideas for Valentine’s Day

Every day is a great day to fill your students with comprehensible input, and Valentine’s Day is no different! There are many ways that you can experience “all the feels” surrounding this holiday with your students using comprehension based activities and strategies to keep the language flowing. Instead of creating a new Valentine’s Day activity…

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“Holiday Awareness” Idea!

I love this idea from Jenny Robbins, a Spanish teacher that used some of my Cinco de Mayo resources to teach her students the REAL history behind the infamous holiday! After learning about the holiday in Spanish, her students took to the school sidewalks with chalk, on a mission to inform their non-Spanish student classmates about the historical…

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