Music instigated great dialogues about cultural differences!
Reading is one of the best ways to learn a language, and Spanish books for beginners are an important part of any home or classroom library.
Taking high school students on field trips out of the country is a daunting feat nowadays, but with the use of the internet in our classrooms, we can easily travel virtually to many distant countries.
Upon realizing how this story-based game sparked motivation, I decided to design an Escape Room-esque lesson in which students needed to use their interpretive reading and listening skills to survive a vacation in Madrid, Spain.
From that initial encounter with songs in Spanish, my collection of music continued to grow over the years, in addition to my fluency in Spanish. Singing along with the music artists, I polished my pronunciation, learned new vocabulary and expressions from their lyrics, and developed an appreciation for Latin-American and Spanish music and culture.
If teachers are aware of, and building toward, the skills required in the final tasks of the exam, then students will be prepared for the exam, and—frankly—will be better prepared than many other students.
Obviously there are aspects of language in the real world that require more than just acquisition. Krashen’s Monitor hypothesis addresses this quite neatly. It talks about a watcher that functions in language use, helping to keep everything neat and tidy. Just as a hall monitor watches students in the corridors of learning, and a TV monitor allows us to keep an eye on what’s happening in another place, the Monitor keeps tabs on language coming out.
Keep your language learners on their toes, with twist endings to the classic stories they know so well! Get your free Little Red Riding Hood story (recommended for levels 2 and up, complete with vocab list and two follow-up activities). Available in Spanish, French, and German!
To give you a sense of the amazing content in Nuestra historia, we have
chosen the story La esperanza entre los escombros by Bryan Kandel for this week’s Freebie Friday!
Of the four hypotheses for which Krashen is best known, probably the most important for the language teacher is the Acquisition Hypothesis.
It wasn’t until I found myself in a small city in the south of France that I truly realized there was a whole other world outside of the small, safe, comfortable city where I grew up. I was learning first hand that while we had a lot in common, there were differences too.