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Find interactive readings in Spanish on Garbanzo

“We acquire language when we understand messages; when we understand what people tell us and when we understand what we read”. Dr. Stephen Krashen This foundational insight from Dr. Krashen is our Core Belief at Garbanzo. To that end, we are building an online, interactive library of diverse texts that are designed for language learners…

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The Comprehensible Classroom has been creating Comprehension-based materials for teaching languages since 2010. The SOMOS Curriculum SOMOS 1 and SOMOS 2 provide 3 years of Spanish lessons for middle or high school Spanish courses. All units are Comprehension-based and Proficiency-oriented. THE GARBANZO APP The Garbanzo App is an online, interactive library of stories and informational…

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Get news articles for Spanish learners in 2019-2020 school year!

For the last three years, Spanish students have been able to follow the top stories from the Spanish-speaking world in El mundo en tus manos. Each week, Maris Hawkins and I identify important and interesting current events and write up comprehensible summaries so that beginning language learners can understand. As we prepare for the 2019-2020…

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Jennifer Bilby: Understanding the global impact of Una canción original

Last week, the genio himself, Señor Wooly, debuted his new, original song. It’s called “Una canción original”. I told you– ¡él es un genio! The untold story of Jennifer Bilby By now, Spanish students and teachers (and their families) worldwide know the story of how Jennifer Bilby won una canción original escrita por el señor Wooly and how she patiently waited for…

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Gasolinazo: What’s happening in Mexico?

Head’s up, USA: “Gas Shortage in Mexico could mess up your Super Bowl party by causing a guacamole crisis“. You’ve GOT to be kidding me. Language teachers share authentic perspectives Perhaps you have heard mention of the gas shortage in Mexico. In an effort to crack down on the costly huachicol (petroleum theft), Mexico’s newly inaugurated president Andrés Manuel…

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Cataplún/Kaboom! – Small group game for language classes

Tomorrow is Friday, it’s the first week back from break, and you’re exhausted. What to do, what to do… “MovieTalk?” –you think– “No, too much standing and talking.” “Asking a story?” –but you dismiss it– “Too much standing and talking and energy used in general.” “Picture Talk?” –now there’s an idea!– “No, too much using…

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20+ stations for proficiency oriented language classes

Whether you call them Stations or Centers, you probably love them—and so do your students. Stations give you a laissez-faire teaching day and provide lots of movement and small group interaction for students.  Stations do not, however, come without challenges. Stations often take quite a bit of prep work. For the proficiency oriented, comprehension based…

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