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 [...]
The day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is December 12. Spanish students deserve to know about this holiday and it's deep religious and cultural symbolism. Students need to know that this image sparked one of he greatest sociological and cultural shifts in history and changed the mental landscape of Latin America forever. Here is the story of La Virgen de Guadalupe in two novice-level Spanish versions. Your Spanish 1 and 2 students will be able to read them and your upper level students will benefit greatly from the deeper historical and cultural understanding. LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE SIMPLIFIED LA [...]
Bryce's Songs for Spanish Class book has been revised and updated. Introduction to the Revised Edition The songs in this book are timeless. They will not go out of style in a year or two so you will be able to sing these songs with your students for years to come. Many are standards that are well known throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish speakers tend to sing in groups more than English speakers do and the rich heritage of group singing is not fading away in Hispanic culture as quickly as it is in the English. We can impart some [...]
Our Lady of Guadalupe, or Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, is a major holiday in Mexico. Not an official state holiday, but one of the people. So much so that streets, squares and many public services are shut down due to the large number of people in the streets. Here is a short reading in level 2-4 Spanish about this holiday and sociological phenomenon in Latin America LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE I had a great time drawing this picture based upon the original tilma as I listened to articles about the Virgen.