Spanish

Answering the Call for Spanish Parity in K-5

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American Reading Company (ARC) offers a comprehensive core curriculum in English and Spanish that provides the materials equity and language parity districts are searching for. ARC’s thematic inquiry curriculum maximizes learning time by incorporating content-area research into daily reading and writing instruction. Districts can design the scope and sequence by selecting the topics to use in each grade (more than...

Being Multilingual: Making My Dreams Come True

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I live in a multilingual universe, and this is how I imagine myself. This universe depends on being able to find the bonds and cross the bridges that connect us across our diversity. Language can divide us, but multilingualism helps us build the bridges to our united future. Because I...

Music Educator Spreads Spanish Through Song

Sara Quintanar, an elementary school music educator, bilingual songwriter, and performance artist, has taken the international community by storm with her songs in Spanish for English-speakers to learn the language. Her work in bilingual music began when she volunteered for her daughter’s Spanish language immersion program at Franklin Magnet School in Los Angeles in 2010. With her background in Bilingual...

Speaking Spanish

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Vista Higher Learning’s Norah Lulich Jones explains how their new Senderos program gets students speaking in class First, let us take a look at what students are hoping for, what we are hoping for as teachers, and why speaking in class might not happen as spontaneously as we might have hoped. Students, even those who have not necessarily signed up for...

Diversity Through the Big Screen

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Chita Espino-Bravo explains how to use film to introduce diversity into advanced conversation classes Teaching an advanced Spanish conversation course at the university level can be challenging for many reasons, but for me, the biggest challenge was trying to find a...

Enele 2017: International Encounter for Continuing Professional Development for Spanish Teachers

From July 10-14, Enele 2017, the third edition of the International Encounter for Continuing Professional Development of Spanish Teachers, will take place at the Modern Language Center of the University of Cadiz, Spain. Organized by Language and Cultural Encounters (LCE), Enele gives teachers of Spanish (and of other...

Netflix Unveils Subtitling Test and Spanish-Language Drama

Nearly half of the Netflix’s 93 million subscribers now come from outside of the US., so soon, English will no longer be platform’s dominant viewing language, the company said in a blog post. In the past five years, Netflix has expanded from three languages—English, Spanish, and Portuguese—to more than 20, including Arabic, Korean, Polish, and Turkish. Chris Fetner, the company’s director...

Tensions in Teaching Spanish

Ann Abbott sees tensions in Spanish programs that cannot hold In one of my roles as a director of Undergraduate Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), I work closely with our advisor, I speak directly with potential students and their parents, and I am on our department’s...

Late-Learner Bilinguals Perform Similar to Native Speakers

A new study, titled “Late Bilinguals Are Sensitive to Unique Aspects of Second Language Processing: Evidence from Clitic Pronouns Word-Order” asked whether English speakers who become highly proficient at a late age in Spanish could understand grammatical constructions that are present in Spanish but not in English. The study is hinged on the longstanding question if adults who...

Netflix Unveils New Spanish-Language Mexican Drama

Netflix has just released its new Spanish-language series, Ingobernable. Netflix has had its fair share of success recently in the Spanish-language department, most notably the 2015 Spanish-language drama Narcos, a crime drama filmed in Colombia that follows the story of drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. Narcos was wildly successful...