How to skip Christmas in Spanish and not be a Grinch

The time between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break was always one of my favorite times of the year in class–it’s also one of the hardest because no one has their head in the game! I LOVED teaching about Christmas traditions from Spanish speaking countries. I LOVED using the commercials for the Spanish Christmas lottery (general…

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LITERAL: December 2017 issue is available for download!

I just published the second issue of LITERAL, a free e-zine for Spanish students! Encouraging your students to subscribe to LITERAL is a great opportunity to get them excited about reading outside of class. All stories are written by students (individuals or classes) and edited to maximize comprehensibility. Click on this image to access the…

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Revista LITERAL is ready!

The first issue of Revista LITERAL is now ready for download! More than 50 students submitted stories, and I selected the most comprehensible ones to work with in the magazine. Please click on this image to access the November 2017 issue. Share the link with your students and encourage them to subscribe–remember, the vision is…

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Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!

Guess what?! You know how you wrote all those super comprehensible mini-stories last week in order to enter the book giveaway? Well…I’ve turned them into a little digital reading activity for you to share with your students. So even if you aren’t one of the big winners, you still win because you can put some…

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How to write comprehensible texts

Once I moved away from using the textbook as the center of my curriculum, I was free to bring in all kinds of new texts. Popular songs, novels written for language learners, picture books, short non-fiction readings prepared by me, infographics, edited stories written by my students or co-created by the class, and more. By…

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Free article: El ataque en Las Ramblas, 8/17/17

La paz empieza conmigo. Say it! This article about today’s terrorist attack in Barcelona is written in super simple Spanish–almost entirely cognates–so that you can use it with students that just began their Spanish study. Even still, it will not be ‘highly comprehensible’ to fresh Spanish students because it is lengthy. It is up to you…

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