Reading Aloud


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 [...]

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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 [...]


"The soul is contained in the human voice." −Jorge Luís Borges This is one of the most powerful arguments for reading aloud to your students. It is the opening quote in The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction, by Megan Cox Gurdon. Your students need to hear your voice. They need to hear your soul. Not a recording, not a video. You. Your voice, using masterfully crafted words by gifted authors, is what your students need. They need live interaction with someone that cares about them, someone who acknowledges their subtle gestures, responds to [...]

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I just marked the passages I wanted to memorize, quote and use.This is a book every world language teacher needs to read: The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction, by Meghan Cox Gurdon. The author is a children's book reviewer, not a world language teacher, but she gets it. Her insights into why reading aloud is important are wise and timely in our digitally distracted age. It is a is a worthy successor to The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease and Reading Magic, by Mem Fox. If you teach with novels, C.I., TPRS or other [...]


Which of these have you read? I have written guides to reading and teaching two of these best-selling novels in Spanish. One year we listened to Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal in AP Spanish. Every other year for 10 years I taught El alquimista in my Spanish 4 and AP classes. Both were well worth the time. El Alquimista: Harry Potter:            Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: 500+ million A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: 200+ Million The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: 150+ Million The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: [...]


Kindergarten Reading with Big Book & Student Teacher The highlight of the week in my Spanish language classes is usually Kindergarten Reading time. My students enjoy being read to and I enjoy reading to them. It generally happens towards the end of the period on Thursdays. Normally I read picture books to them (big books if I can find them) while they listen, sit on the floor and eat cookies. Here is a list of picture books in Spanish that my students have enjoyed over the years. Some are big books. If you type the ISBN into a [...]