Cinco de Mayo is almost here. Sadly, it won't be as big of a celebration this year, but we can still teach students a bit about it. Wouldn't you bet that most of them think it is Mexican Independence Day? Here is a quiz and a reading in Spanish with much high frequency vocabulary. Words that novice students may not know are glossed below each paragraph. The vocabulary is sheltered, but not the grammar. Students will understand most of the text due to context and familiar vocabulary, even though much of it is written in the past tense and there [...]
Reading Quotes w Citations These are quotations you will want to be aware of about why reading is so important for language acquisition and how to read with students. They are from leading thinkers in world language. There are categories on The Efficiency of Reading, Reading & Vocabulary, Reading & Grammar, Reading Aloud to Students, Authentic Texts, Reading Versus Video, and Self-Selected Reading. Each quote also has the scholarly source so you can look them up yourself and quote them with confidence. Here are a couple of my favorites: STUDENTS CAN ACQUIRE DIFFICULT GRAMMAR JUST BY READING “The only significant predictor of the [...]
Here's a fun parody rewrite of the traditional Mexican song La Llorona, updated for this trying time. The original La Llorona song is definitely one of the Songs All Spanish Students Need to Know. This parody version is written with simple Spanish, it repeats every line like the original (which increases comprehension), it acknowledges our students' situation—and it encourages them to stay home so they don't get themselves or others sick. Click here to download the lyrics to the parody in a printable form (with English translation). This lyrics document contains: The lyrics to the parody version, with English translation. How [...]
We are here to help you get across this tough time with FREE resources. Click here for the link to sign up with Storylabs and to connect with the Facebook Live event on Monday, March 3o at 1:00 pm Pacific. I have teamed up with author Virginia Hildebrand and Storylabs to offer Spanish teachers help. You can choose from a variety of levels and themes, all organized and easy to link to your virtual classroom. Other languages coming soon. There are readings and activities for many levels: • Whole novels for upper levels • Beginner readings with sheltered vocabulary using [...]
¡Hola, amigos! Please tune in over at the brycehedstrom.com Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BryceHedstrom/) at 1:00 pm Pacific time on Monday for another Facebook Live event. There has been a lot of interest in our Storylabs app and the FREE online products, so we are scheduling another session to show you how to use them. Readings and activities for level 1 and level 2-3 will be demonstrated. Those that have signed up will be sent an invitation via email for a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 1:00 pm, Pacific to address your specific concerns. See you then!
Hope is on the way. Tune in to https://www.facebook.com/BryceHedstrom/ for a Facebook Live event Tuesday at 1:00 pm Pacific time, where we will give you links to FREE materials, activities and assessments for your Spanish students to make teaching easier for you and more engaging for your students. Short stories and articles that are engaging and cultural... and that your students will want to do. All in one place. All organized. Always getting better.