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Curriculum Reviews 0 M. Glick Dear Colleagues,    I teach PK-8 Spanish in a Catholic school.  We are looking at the different curricula available, specifically for K-5.  If anyone has any comments at all on any of these programs, please let me know.  Thanks!   1. Sonrisas Spanish   2. Sing 'n Speak Spanish   3. Mundo de Pepita   4. Risas y Sonrisas   5. Listos   
by M. Glick
Saturday, June 20, 2020
2020 AATSP Election 0 M. Vasquez   Dear Friends and Colleagues, let our voices be heard by nominating qualified candidates for the following positions: President Elect Secondary School (9-12) Representative College/University Representative Portuguese Representative Applications Due by April 1st
by M. Vasquez
Monday, March 2, 2020
AATSP Conference in Puerto Rico! 0 B. Gaunce K-8 Teachers!  Be sure to see the latest A&R posting; there is a lot of information there about the upcoming AATSP Conference in Puerto Rico.  We hope to see many K-8 teachers in attendance.
by B. Gaunce
Monday, December 2, 2019
K-8 Teachers: Will We See You at ACTFL? 0 B. Gaunce If you are coming to ACTFL this year, please be sure to stop by our SHA session on Saturday, 11/23, from 2:30 -3:15 in the East Overlook Room:  PERSONALIZE YOUR K-8 CLASSROOM WITH PROJECT-BASED LEARNING!
by B. Gaunce
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Calling K-8 Teachers! 0 B. Gaunce Due to the high number of requests for an extension, we have decided to extend the Puerto Rico 2020 Conference Call for Proposals deadline to Monday, November 11th, 2019.  Come and share your ideas and experiences in elementary and middle school world language with your colleagues.  Don’t miss the opportunity to present your pedagogical ideas or academic work – submit your conference proposal today! Please visit our 2020 Conference webpage for all the details and click the Call for Proposals button when you’re ready to submit your proposal. The deadline for proposals is now Monday, November 11, 2019. Don’t miss it!
by B. Gaunce
Monday, November 4, 2019
Attention SHA Sponsors and Interested Teachers! 0 B. Gaunce The Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad is a service learning and recognition society sponsored by the AATSP for students Pre-K through 9th grade.  As the Director of SHA, I look forward to providing information to you via this forum on a weekly basis.  Please check back here for announcements; sharing from other teachers and SHA sponsors; and updated info.  Let me know if you have questions about the Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad, and tell us all about the great SHA projects you are doing to enhance your students' classrom experiences. Enjoy the photo of student posters, submitted for the 39th annual Fernando Mendoza Poster Contest. ¡Todos a una! Beth  
by B. Gaunce
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Middle School Language Trips 0 S. Roggero Hola a todos, I'm responsible for planning a language trip with my 7th and 8th graders every other February. I've had a number of successful partnerships with different educational travel organizations, however it's always tricky to find companies that will place 25-35 middle schoolers in homestays for a week. If you have any recommendations for an educational travel company that will do this, please let me know! We're open to any country. Gracias, Sarah
by S. Roggero
Thursday, May 31, 2018
AATSP conference 2018 room mate 0 M. Cabrera Hi,  I will be attending the AATSP conference in Salamanca Spain and I'm looking for a person that would be interested in sharing the cost of renting an apartment for 1 or 2 weeks. I'm also planning to visit others European cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, London, Florence, etc. Write me back if interested, Thanks
by M. Cabrera
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Spanish Teachers Profiles in the US 0 E. Gironzetti Dear Colleague, We are conducting a study to know more about the professional profile of Spanish teachers in the US who are or have been teaching Spanish to heritage learners. To this end, we developed an online questionnaire that will allow us to know more about the needs and experience of current and past teachers of Spanish in the US. If you are or have been teaching Spanish in the US at any education level and in any educational context, we invite you to complete the online questionnaire in your language of choice (Spanish or English). The questionnaire in English is available here:   The questionnaire in Spanish is available here: The whole questionnaire should take about 10 minutes of your time to complete. Please, feel free to forward this message to any other colleague that might be interested in participating. Thank you in advance for your participation.  Elisa & Flavia
by E. Gironzetti
Friday, December 15, 2017
Summer activities 2 C. Galvin Flood I found that this website was really interesting! I want to brainstorm more ways of how this could be used as a summer activity. Would you consider assigning this as summer homework or just suggesting to students?
by M. Davidson
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
K-8 Classroom Setup Ideas 5 A. Giniewski error  
by M. Soult
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Please Share! 0 C. Vicente It's that time of year again, when teachers are looking for new ideas to maintain student engagement with spring in the air! What are you teaching right now?  What are some strategies you use to maintain high-energy students involved in the lesson?
by C. Vicente
Monday, March 30, 2015
Hispanic Heritage 2 C. Vicente It would be really interesting to pick some important figures from Hispanic heritage and cover a new person each day. Then, at the end of the week students could create a skit or dialogue where these figures meet!
by M. Davidson
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Feliz nuevo año escolar 10 C. Vicente error  
by M. Soult
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
La primavera 3 C. Vicente I did not know the history behind the cascarones! This would be a fun activity to do with students in the Spring after a lesson on holidays in the Spanish Speaking world during that time of year.  
by D. Fernandez
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Christmas and Los Reyes Magos 5 C. Vicente Error  
by M. Soult
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Día de los muertos 3 C. Vicente I love the video by the CGI brothers for Dia de Los Muertos. It really dispells the pre-conception that the Day of the Dead is something scary. It also gives a great connection to everyday life.
by H. Hollin (Wall)
Monday, May 15, 2017
Cinco de mayo 1 C. Vicente Reposted from an AWESOME language teacher, Martina Bex: Here are five great Cinco de Mayo resources that I’ve found around the Web. Coming off of a lively #authres conversation during #langchat (that I read post-facto), I want to clarify what makes a ‘great resource’ in my mind: It’s engaging [or it can be made engaging] That’s it. If it’s engaging, I’ll find a way to make it comprehensible, which is what really matters. I don’t care whether a resource is authentic or not. I love authentic resources–love, love, love, love. They are powerful, they are engaging, they are real. But you know what? I also love many non-authentic resources–love, love, love, love. The definition of an authentic resource is incredibly narrow, and I think that we would be crazy to use authenticity as the criterion by which we include or exclude something for use in our classes. I think that we would be crazy to never rarely use authentic resources, and I think that we would be crazy to not ‘comprehensify’ (make comprehensible) the powerful, engaging authentic resources that we choose to use in our classes. If you’re coming to iFLTthis summer in St. Paul (you must come!), you’ll have another chance to walk with me through the three-step lesson plan that I use with all authentic resources:  Introduce – Interact – Investigate. If not, you can check out this post (and the links it contains) to find the materials from my presentation. Here are some Cinco de Mayo resources that I’ve shared in the past: Cinco de Mayo Jigsaw Puzzle Cinco de Mayo lesson plans for 3-4 class days (includes ready-to-go activities for some of the resources listed below) “Holiday Awareness” idea from Jenny Robbins My Cinco de Mayo board on Pinterest And here are five Cinco de Mayo resources that I love: I love this Spanish-language reading about La Batalla de Puebla, especially because it comes with audio! Although this reading is not an #authres because it was written for native speakers of English, it’s a great opportunity for students to listen to speech from a native speaker. You could print out the article and white out some of the words, creating a CLOZE passage for your students to complete as they listen. For beginning Spanish students, you could write 1-2 sentence comprehensible summaries of each paragraph and have students match the summary with the original text. For upper level classes, they could write their own summarizing paragraphs. There are zillions of possibilities! This Six Degrees of Separation video shows how the history of the Piñata is connected to other countries. I love it! This authentic resource (Oui! C’est authentique!) is perfect for a MovieTalkintroduction: simply prepare for the MovieTalk by listening to the video yourself, then use MovieTalk to present the content to your students in comprehensible language. After students have a comprehensible introduction to the resource and content, then you can let them watch the video a second time using one of these Interact techniques. [For more six degrees of separation fun, check out my saber/conocer lesson plans!) This Jarabe de tapatío tutorial is pretty boring and there is no music, but I love that it goes slow enough and you can see the feet clearly enough to follow along. Introduce the dance with a comprehensible description and its history in Spanish, show this video, and then play an upbeat, catchy tune for students to practice their new moves! In this Cinco de Mayo infograph, students can read some fast facts about El Cinco de Mayo in Spanish without being overwhelmed by large amounts of text. Match the task to their language ability, and it makes for an easy, fast, low-prep activity to squish in on El Cinco. The infograph itself? Not engaging…but it has the potential to be engaging because it is accessible. So your challenge as a teacher is to make the activity engaging. Perhaps turn it into a competition–ask a question to partners of students and see who can find the answer first. Or use the ‘Numbered Heads Together’ structure.You’ve got options. ‘La Batalla’ Trailer in HD is a great way to make the Battle of Puebla engaging to students. Let’s face it. Most of our students are not fascinated by war history. But this….now this they can get into (there is one inappropriate word in the subtitles right at the end). Whatever you do, make sure that you take the time to personalize the content in class discussion. Remember that personalization doesn’t have to mean relating it to students’ lives; discussing students’ own ideas is personalized discussion, even if they aren’t sharing information about themselves. Happy Cinco! Martina
by C. Vicente
Monday, May 4, 2015
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