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Alebrijes for Class Culture

My colleagues told me the vocabulary was too low-frequency, that I should not waste my time on regional words they had never even seen, like chapulín. But I had five goals that have only a little to do with learning particular vocabulary words: Reinforce essential verbs soy and me gusta Practice Read more…

10 Songs for Spanish Class for 2018

Music is the magic bullet for all language learning. Whether it’s my daughter’s endless loop of counting and color and Christmas songs from her bilingual kindergarten classes or Sr. Wooly songs that end up in student presentations about the music that best represents them (“Puedo ir al baño”–not even kidding), Read more…

Flags by Wikipedia

Cultural analysis was officially part of my portfolio scores last semester, primarily for mathematical purposes (it gave me a fifth category for quicker calculation), but it also challenged me to select texts where students can identify specific cultural products, practices, and perspectives. Our plan was to bring home some more Read more…