This is the first video I am planning on posting: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/12NTrcUDcpKCEVFdNEP7eExS6I3ObOdYs A teacher pitches the idea for a new class, a Spanish class, to his principal. Please let me know what follow up videos you would like to see in this series.
SEATTLE, WA—Veteran local Spanish teacher Y.A. Basta, 37, reports he is still confident that this year his attempts will finally be fruitful and yield classes full of fluent speakers after 14 consecutive years of frustration. Basta admits that in the past, students could not remember anything, or even order a cup of coffee in Madrid, despite up to 4 years of intensive study in his classes. While most teachers would cry out, “Enough!” and seek different methods after such a run of failure, Basta is not swayed, confirming to sources that he will “stay the course” until he is successful [...]
When kids didn't get it, I used to suspect they were stupid and lazy. Now that I realize people acquire language by comprehensible input, I suspect that I am.
So let me get this straight. You are speaking too fast, using words and grammar your students don't know, talking about topics they do not find compelling and about which they have no background knowledge, and rarely checking for comprehension or engagement, but YOU understand it so you call it... Riiiiiiiiiiight.
Local teacher Anne Dur has a plan. Last year she was a finalist for national teacher of the year and missed receiving that honor by just a few points. This year she is determined to get it. This year she thinks she knows what to do. Dur has upped the homework requirement in her French classes to what some might call an excessive amount of time. “Last year I missed it because the kids didn’t score high enough on the national exams. That’s not going to happen again this year. Non monsieur,” said Dur. Students and parents were shocked to [...]
A Short Glossary of Insults and Off-Color Street Spanish. Find the whole list here Among some groups, I suppose this vocabulary could be considered high-frequency, but not in polite company. This material was originally published in Conversational Spanish, a textbook I wrote and used in my college classes for almost 20 years. It is intended to inform adults. I have never taught my upper-level high school students units on cussing in Spanish, despite their ardent pleas over the years. Although I agree that it would be useful for them to be aware of some of the curse words in Spanish, I never [...]