Compelling Input

CORONA/LLORONA PARODY SONG

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 for the lyrics to the parody in a printable form (with English translation), as well as the lyrics to the authentic La Llorona folk song, with an [...]

Free Online Resources for Language Teachers

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 [...]

VALENTINE’S DAY ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITY

Eres Tu Valentine's Day Activity This is an activity for the majority of students that feel the vomit rise in their mouth when they see over-the-top Valentine's Day expressions of puppy lust. All. Day. Long. It's been a hit with students for years. Use it as a brain break or as an activity to teach the original song Eres Tú to your students and allow them to have fun with the language (and their inner evil emperor. Think of it as an "Occupy Valentine's Day" activity for the 99% of students that do not have a romantic partner and feel awkward [...]

QUESTIONS STUDENTS WANT TO ASK ONE ANOTHER IN INTERVIEWS

As you get ready for school and begin thinking about what kinds of questions you will ask to get kids engaged and responding in Persona Especial student interviews, think about using some questions like the ones below. These are some questions that students have said they would like to ask one another when they have been given the opportunity to ask questions on their own to their classmates. All of the sample questions below are in the present perfect, but you could easily adapt them to the present tense for comprehensibility. It is interesting that the hot items tend to cluster [...]

LA LLORONA IMAGES

A new major motion picture about the legend of La Llorona is coming out. The Curse of La Llorona will be in theaters beginning April 19. This legend is compelling input anyway, but the added popularity of the movie will increase student interest even more. Here is an embedded reading (scaffolded) version of the story written with high frequency vocabulary. A step-by-step lesson planning guide for teachers is also available.  It has been very popular and successful with teachers and students. https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-la-leyenda-de-la-llorona-embedded-reading Here are a few images from the book:

SPECIAL PERSON STUDENT INTERVIEWS

Engaging students at a personal level is the way to their hearts and minds. Aaron Mendelsohn, a high school teacher in Massachusetts, sent me this note the other day: I just want to share with you that I have gotten A LOT of mileage out of Persona Especial!  What a great activity.  Thank You! When I asked him to elaborate, he replied with this: Persona Especial has been a success for a number of reasons.  I'm gonna start off by sharing what was on my mind when I wrote to you a few days ago:  PE is almost a O [...]