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 … Continue reading LITERAL: December 2017 issue is available for download!

MUJER ANCIANA ENTRENA PANDILLA DE GATOS CRIMINALES

The news is my very favorite source for engaging content for classes. So many teachers reported success with the Correcaca story, so I was very excited when Emily Huff (of Paloma Blanca fame) tagged me on Twitter last week with this story about an elderly woman in Columbus that trained her SIXTY FIVE CATS to steal … Continue reading MUJER ANCIANA ENTRENA PANDILLA DE GATOS CRIMINALES

Revista Literal: Free e-zine for Spanish students!

A few weeks ago, I did a giveaway that required teachers to write short stories in order to enter. There were so many fun little stories that I just had to find something to do with them. And so I did. Then, Profe Vecchitto shared a hilarious story that her class created working from my Búscalo … Continue reading Revista Literal: Free e-zine for Spanish students!

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 … Continue reading Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!

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 … Continue reading How to write comprehensible texts

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

You can make a difference {in 2017}: Reading in Spanish

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” --L.M. Montgomery 2016 was hard for many people. Many of us experienced great joy this year, but that joy was often overshadowed by suffering, sadness, loss, and hopelessness. The same is true of any year, but for whatever reason it seems … Continue reading You can make a difference {in 2017}: Reading in Spanish