Spanish Culture Activities- A Trip to Mexico City

May 21, 2010 · Posted in spanish speaking activities · Comment 

Mexican cultural activities and materials are at your finger tips in Passport to Spanish Fun: Mexico City Marvels! Pick, choose, or use all of the activities and ready-made materials and printables to give learners of all ages a life-like travel experience to the wonders of Mexico City.

Several hot-links to sites ready for you to view and use.  Here are some of the printables:

  • American Passport
  • session schedules
  • boarding passes
  • post card

Spanish Summer Heat Phrases & Vocabulary

Hace mucho sol y hace calor

On here on the border of Texas and Mexico, New Mexico too for that matter, it is hot, or hace mucho calor. The heat, el calor, is all that everyone talks about.  Use some Spanish weather phrases and vocabulary while they are truly relevant. This is when you eat jícama sprinkled with chili powder and lime juice instead of chiles rellenos.

Jícama is a potatoe like root vegetable  from Mexico, but I somehow view it as more of a fruit.  You have to peel it, then dice it and sprinkle it with the lime juice and chili powder.  See the next blog post for a jícama, coconut, and mango salad my friend Alicia just told me bout.

Vocabulary & Phrases

  • hace calor- it’s hot (now)
  • está caliente- it’s hot (general description)
  • hace much sol= it’s really sunny
  • El sol quema- the sun is burning
  • está soleado- it’s sunny (general description)
  • está como un horno= it’s live an oven
  • se puede freir juevos en la calle- one can fry eggs on the street

When someone asks ¿Qué tiempo hace?,  or ¿Cómo est el tiempo? you now have a more varied list of responses for the summer, or el verano, only.  Click here for a Spanish Weather Forecast Activity.

Practice Activities

  • Try using the questions and the varied answers with a friend or class mate
  • Have one partner state the answer, and then the other needs to ask the question
  • Make a flash card for each weather question and phrase.  Play guessing and match up games with them.
  • Illustrated the weather description cards and then try to say its Spanish phrase
  • Go to to the Spanish language part of the site to check out weather phrases
  • Listen to a Spanish language weather forecast on TV and try to follow it.

Spanish Teachers Ideas & Lessons: AATSP Conference

I just got back from this year’s conference for the American Association of Spanish & Portuguese (AATSP) in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It’s always fun to be around those who are also passionate about la lengua espaola. The AATSP draws on a diverse group of teachers and professionals, everyone from elementary school teachers to college professors were there.

Middle School Madness

I gave a workshop, Middle School Madness, on well . . basically everything you need to know about teaching middle school Spanish.  As usual, the middle school teachers in attendance were experienced, creative, and talented educators, not to mention just great, real people. (We middle school teachers do keep it real.)  We found that:

  • We want more games, even variations on old themes.  Quick and easy.
  • We still grapple with how to evaluate novice level writing.
  • We try to go for more writing ideas that are approapriate for our students.
  • We need to learn how to use the new AV technology like Audacity and podcasts with more facility.

I’m going to work on developing some of this to post in the coming week, so stay tuned.  Click here for some fun foreign language games.

Spanish Teachers Activities, Games, & Lessons

July 1, 2009 · Posted in spanish speaking activities · Comment 

Students and language learners of each and every age love to have fun with Spanish.  Get them using Spanish the fun way with our new book.

We finally did it!  My parnter Diane and I got our first, hard copy booklet of activities, games, and lessons for Spanish and all language teachers. Each activity is explained and spelled out from materials, time, to clear instructions.  They’re also tied to the ACTFL (American Council of the Teachers of Foreign Language) standards and 5 C’s.

Anybody can use them; not just teachers.  Take a peak and have some fun with literally any area of Spanish: vocabulary, conversation, content areas, grammar, and verbs.

Click here for Middle School Madness: Cooking Up Foreign Language Games.

Enjoy.  You can get a downloadable copy too.

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