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Spanish for Teachers – 5 Idiomatic Expressions in Spanish

How often do you use idiomatic expressions in your Spanish conversations? Do you know some “dichos” en español? Whichever your native language is there are so many colloquial / idiomatic expressions that we sprinkle into our everyday conversations. Think about the last animated conversation you had with a friend… “Hey James, I’m over the moon …

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Inclusive Language in Spanish | Lenguaje Inclusivo

In this article we are delving into the current trend of using the inclusive language in Spanish: El lenguaje inclusivo. Language is always evolving and often reflects societal trends and tendencies. Let’s take for example these new verbs: ​I already Googled that Let’s Skype  Whatsapp me We SnapChatted    Download Lenguaje Inclusivo Notes TODAY These verbs did not exist 5,10, 20 …

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Carnaval Activities for the Spanish Classroom – Culture & Language

Get these 3 FREE Carnaval Activities to use with your students in the Spanish classroom. They are fun, interactive cultural lessons embedded with rich vocabulary and grammar concepts that are easy to implement. Did you know that Carnaval and Semana Santa are connected holidays? If you’re like me, you think of Carnaval as a Brazilian or …

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Carnaval and Semana Santa

Semana Santa and Carnaval Cultural Lesson for the Spanish Classroom

  Cultural Lesson all about and Semana Santa and Carnaval for your Spanish classroom! DOWNLOAD NOW!  This valuable cultural resource is full of Spanish classroom activities that explore the rich history and celebrations of Carnaval and Semana Santa and is super easy for you to implement in your classes! Carnaval and Semana Santa present ripe opportunities to teach about …

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Tres Reyes Magos

Los Reyes Magos – History, Lesson Plan & Activities

Let’s Talk About El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos! What is the connection between los Tres Reyes Magos and the 12 days of Christmas? Have you ever wondered why there are “Twelve Days of Christmas“? Well, Biblical interpretations and Christmas traditions have changed over the centuries across various regions and sects of Christianity, but …

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Spanish Class Activities for Christmas

Las Posadas Navideñas Spanish Class Activities Celebrating Las Posadas in the Spanish Classroom…whether you’re a Feliz Navidad or Felices Fiestas person, it’s nice to do some cultural activities around the holidays in your classroom; the trick is pulling it off in a meaningful and low-hassle way. Not only is it fun to do something unique, but Christmas is ripe …

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Hispanic Heritage Month

The Link Between Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Independence

Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Independence are more connected than you might think! This cultural lesson explores the complex history of how many Central and South American countries gained their independence in a process also known as the decolonization from Spanish/ European power and how this rich history is also linked to the US …

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Preterite vs Imperfect Lesson

Preterite vs Imperfect lesson for Spanish teachers: How to teach when to use which

Free Preterite vs Imperfect lesson This is the perfect 3-5 day lesson plan for teaching preterite vs imperfect uses In Spanish, the Preterite vs Imperfect is a tricky concept. Both of these tenses are used to talk about past events. Which one is used depends on the meaning the speaker wishes to convey. Click below …

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Spanish Valentine's Day Lesson Plan

Spanish Valentine’s Day Lesson Plan

Spanish Valentine’s Day Lesson Plan and Activities The Spanish Valentine’s Day lesson plan is a great authentic resource that talks about the history of this holiday and how it is celebrated throughout Mexico and Latin American. From 3rd century Rome, through medieval times, to this modern age of technology; Valentine’s Days is celebrated around the world. …

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An Argument Against Using Spanish Translator Apps

Ditch the Spanish Translator Apps – They Inhibit Learning! Important Note: this article focuses on Spanish translator apps because I’m a Spanish teacher and my business specializes in teaching Spanish for Specific Purposes. However, the principles below apply to any language classroom.  The days of lugging around a bulky dictionary to your language class are …

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Current Spanish Class Debate Topics

Current Spanish Class Debate Topics

Some relevant and interesting debate topics for Spanish Class Hopefully your Spanish students have been exposed to important historical themes through their classwork and readings. However, what better way to get them talking than by exploring some debate topics relevant to their generation?  We recently gave students a list of research topics for oral presentations. …

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High School Spanish: An Effective Immersion Model

An effective immersion model is educational, fun and inserts students into the community There are a lot of summer programs out there for high school students, with different approaches to student travel and education. Our Spanish immersion program has not only proven to improve language ability, but it’s a hit with teachers, parents, and of …

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Shakira Teaches Spanish Verbs_ Future Tense and Gerunds

Shakira Teaches Spanish Verbs: Future Tense and Gerunds

A fun and useful activity for learning Spanish verb tenses; have Shakira help you out with planning an easy classroom activity: Spanish Teachers – Don’t let practicing Spanish verb tenses be a drag when you can engage your students with one of the best parts of Latino culture: ¡La música! Shakira’s song “Estoy Aquí” from …

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One dust sandwich, please, discussing some common translation mistakes

Learning a new language can always be tricky; some of the most embarrassing scenarios include these common Spanish-English translation mistakes: Whether or not you travel abroad this summer, chances are you’ll be using your Spanish right here at home for a long time to come. Even the most experienced Spanish speakers make mistakes, but here …

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Motivating students- Connecting to Spanish in the “real world”

Having trouble motivating students? Getting ready to send your graduating Spanish students off to college and into the world – hoping that they’ll continue their language studies? For a lot of students, motivation to learn certain subjects doesn’t come simply because they enjoy learning, but later on, once they have a practical application for the …

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Sing your verbs_ Teaching the irregular preterite tense

Sing your verbs: Teaching the irregular preterite tense

Use one of the easiest tunes to remember the tricky irregular preterite tense Irregular preterite tense can be difficult for many students. We all know that remembering the lyrics to a favorite song is easier than memorizing verb conjugations. So when it comes time to introduce your students to a new set of irregular verbs, …

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Unique Online Spanish Teacher Resources

Unique Online Spanish Teacher Resources

The internet is full of Spanish teacher resources. Interactive quizzes and printable worksheets abound, but here are some of our favorites that serve 5 distinctly different purposes: 1.  Word Reference.com: We trust this multi-language dictionary because of it’s thorough definitions – which identifies which term is used in which regions; full verb conjugations; and language …

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