Tag: Spanish

Spanish from Cartagena to Patagonia

Language Magazine looks at study abroad options in Colombia and ArgentinaColombia Colombia’s position as the gateway to South America and the Amazon has shaped its history, making it one of the most diverse and culturally rich countries in which to study. The combination of its indigenous peoples and its colonial heritage give it a unique flavor.From its beaches to the Amazon...

Spanish Climbs Charts Online

OzunaThanks to streaming services like YouTube and Spotify, Latin music has been gaining popularity across the U.S. According to data from YouTube, the top three songs of 2018 with the most views were all Spanish-language artists, with Ozuna at 10 billion views and J Balvin at 11 billion views. Latin music also...

Dónde Votar

Google Trends, which tracks the use of search terms, tweeted this morning that “Dónde Votar” was the top trending search on Google, spiking by more than 3,000%. Within an hour of the tweet, Priorities USA Action, a Democrat super PAC, translated its voter mobilization ads online to Spanish, specifically for voters in Arizona and Florida.This election cycle, Priorities USA Action...

Codeswitching Easier to Turn On

Research into the neurological activity required to switch between languages is providing new insights into the nature of bilingualism.“A remarkable feature of multilingual individuals is their ability to quickly and accurately switch back and forth between their different languages,” explains Esti Blanco-Elorrieta, a New York University doctoral candidate and the lead author of the study, which appears in the...

A Second Language for Every Student

Lisa A. Frumkes explains why bilingualism is more relevant than ever.In today’s increasingly global and connected world, I interact every day with colleagues from different cultures who speak a wide array of languages. Achieving bilingualism and proficiency in a second language—be it English or another world language—is important for everyone, but especially for 21st-century students.For today’s K–12 students, knowledge...

Spain’s Student Ambassador Program

This program is part of the initiative “Study in Spain“ developed by the Trade Commission – Embassy of Spain in Miami, Florida. The goal of the program is to promote Spain as an educational destination for students in the U.S.Student Ambassadors should have studied or have good knowledge about Spain and Spanish institutions to promote it via activities on...

Standardized Testing Detriment to Minority Children

Over the last year or so, the movement against high-stakes standardized testing has subsided, maybe due to educational activists focusing their attention on more pressing issues, such as funding, in the Trump era, or maybe because the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) creates the possibility for states to shift the focus of accountability from punishment of schools and teachers...

Spanish ‘More Important than Ever’

According to the latest estimations of Spain’s Instituto Cervantes, there are now more than 577 million Spanish speakers (7.6% of the global population) in the world—five million more than last year’s estimate. It is in the U.S. that the language is growing fastest, said the academic director of the Instituto Cervantes, Richard Bueno Hudson, at the opening of a recent...

Spanish Resources

Some free online resources for Spanish teachers Teachers’ blogs: Miscositas www.miscositas.com Lori Langer de Ramirez offers a plethora of resources for Spanish teachers: Thematic curriculum units with cultural connections, lesson plans, & handouts, Teaching materials: printable workbooks and clipart collections, Web-based virtual picturebooks with illustrations & vocabulary, Instructional & cultural videos subtitled in simple Spanish with key words,Realia: tickets, currency and...

K–2 Library Resource PebbleGo Expands Its Spanish Content

Capstone’s K–2 online resource PebbleGo has added new Spanish materials. The latest offering, contextually translated to maintain proper academic vocabulary and supported by natural voice audio, will begin to roll out later this fall. PebbleGo’s database is used by students in nearly 20% of the country’s elementary schools. With more than 1,000 articles connected to K–2 curriculum topics, PebbleGo...