Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom Do you ever feel stuck in a rut while planning your language classes? Perhaps you spend a lot of time lecturing at the whiteboard, use the same activities with different vocabulary for every unit, or rely on teaching students grammar because that’s how you were taught. No matter what your go-to activity is, we’re all much more engaging when we vary our activities and make them relatable. Day of the Dead Lesson Plans & Games for Kids For Kids Don't be afraid of El Dia de los Muretos - the Day of the Dead. This is a happy holiday! This ancient holiday began as a day of thanks for the harvest. It became a time put aside to remember our ancestors and people we love who have died.
Mis Clases Locas: Gran Hotel in Spanish Class I finally just finished my first series on Netflix in Spanish, Gran Hotel. It was stretched over months, since I started during the school year. I only watched little chunks, sneaking in part of an episode, if baby boy decided to take an after school nap. It was worth the wait and a really great show. I picked it knowing I could continue to watch Iván from my beloved El Internado, Yon González, now as Julie Espinosa. If you are looking to work on your own Spanish or possibly use the show in class, make sure to change the subtitles to Spanish using this post.
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Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page to the Authentic Assessment Toolbox, a how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning. Inside, you will find chapters on A good place to start -- In this chapter I identify the characteristics, strengths and limitations of authentic assessment; compare and contrast it with traditional (test-based) assessment. Why has authentic assessment become more popular in recent years? When can it best serve assessment needs? After a brief overview, follow a detailed, four-step process for creating an authentic assessment.
Mardi Gras's German Cousin Both gingerbread houses and the Nutcracker came from German stories. Before the Nutcracker became a Tchaikovsky ballet, he was the hero of an 1816 story by Berlin's Ernst Theodor Amadeus (E.T.A.) Hoffman. El Internado resources – My generation of polyglots Click here to read the most complete set of instructions that I have published for teaching a novela. While I give examples from Gran Hotel, these are easily applied to El Internado. For every episode I have created two bundles of resources. The first bundle contains the student study guides that many teachers have told me has been essential to making sure their students truly understood the episode.
Basic Spanish Phrases for Travel It doesn't take much to be understood in Spanish—the folks who speak it in Latin America and Europe are forgiving of errors and very helpful. A combination of sometimes silly pantomime and Spanish basic words and phrases are what you need most to travel in a Spanish-speaking country. "Please" and "thank you" go a long way, and a phrasebook is a big help. Greeting People If you only learn one phrase in Spanish before your trip, make it be how to say "hello." In pictures: Day of the Dead festival In many parts of Latin America, as well as the Philippines, people have been marking the Day of the Dead festival in honour of deceased relatives. In the Philippines, millions of Catholics congregate with family members at the gravesides of dead loved ones to celebrate their memory. Here, a boy is silhouetted as he cleans a cross marking the grave of a loved one in a Manila cemetery. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead combines native Aztec and Roman Catholic practices and beliefs. Mexicans hold their Day of the Dead on the Catholic festivals of All Saints and All Souls Days on 1 and 2 November. Various sculptures of La Catrina - a symbol representing death in Mexican folklore - adorn town squares and altars across the country.
Reach the World Location:Bahía Blanca, Argentina Latitude/Longitude:-38.718299865723, -62.266300201416 Journal Entry: Well, it looks like our time together has come to an end. Holiday Traditions Traditional Christmas Greeting: "Froehiliche Weihnachten" Location: Western Europe Tree Type: Traditional Decorations:Germany was the first country to use glass ornaments as decorations. These ornaments are usually made by local families and sold in winter markets. New Unit: Immigration Thanks to the addition of another unexpected day at home (snow day #6), I’ve been able to devote quite a bit of time to the next unit that Spanish IV is going to explore: Immigration in the United States. Before I go any further, I must say that I am indebted to the great, original work of Kara Jacobs @(karacjacobs) and the additions of Pilar Munday (@mundaysa) and @cristinaZimmer4. Next, I would like to say that while this is a unit that I will be using with my Spanish IV students, I think that there is material here that can be used with all levels of proficiency, including novice.
Chinese New Year activities for kids and teachers - kiddyhouse.com In 2014, Chinese New Year falls on January 31st. It ends on February 14 which is also Valentine's Day.. Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days. However, do take note that Chinese New Year has no fixed date. It is celebrated following the lunar calendar.