Spanish Tongue Twister

By Britta

Picture 3Tongue-twisters are great fun.

Although difficult to articulate properly, tongue-twisters are a useful tool for the Spanish classroom too. The main thing is to keep it light.

In that spirit, Chantal and Maje have created a tongue-twister video. Why not get your students to speak after Chantal?

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‘La merienda’ – Tea-time in the Spanish class

By Cecilia

Our young friends, Paloma and Camila.

Our young friends, Paloma and Camila.

Mate y alfajores make the perfect Argentine tea treat. Mate, an infusion made with a leaf native to South America and drunk in a gourd through a shared straw, is quite bitter. Therefore, its taste is perfectly offset by the sweetness of alfajores, a sweet, shortbread-like biscuist which sandwich a layer of caramel (or dulce de leche, the Argentine version, which is much thicker).

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Latin teen celebrities – Yr7/Level 1 lesson plan

by Britta, with a video from Sue

Latino teen celebrities

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What have Adam Irigoyen, Jake T, Austin, Jasmine Villegas and Victoria Justice in common? Answer: They are all young famous Hollywood celebrities and they all have Latin American roots. From Cuba over to Argentina and from Mexico to Puerto Rico, they all bring some Hispanic culture to Tinsel Town, and they all feature in Mary Glasgow’s ¿Qué Tal? magazine too.

Sue’s Year 7s have been working with the article ¡Uau! ¿Son Latinos?. As groups, they had to work out the meaning of the different paragraphs – as you can see and hear in the video.

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El Día de los Muertos – Part 3

By Britta

Stunning, right? And the piñata's not bad either! - Chantal

Stunning, right? And the piñata’s not bad either! – Chantal

When it comes to celebrations there is always a showpiece that no festivity can do without. And in Mexico it’s la piñata, a container made from papier-mâché, decorated and filled with sweets and then broken as part of a ceremony.

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El Día de los Muertos – Part 2

By Britta

What am I doing? Well, watch the videos! - Chantal

Getting ready for Día de los Muertos!

As you’ve seen from the pictures in our article ¡Viva el Dia de los Muertos! (see previous post for download) el Día de los Muertos is not only a celebration to remember and honor dead relatives, it also has a long tradition of simple handmade decorations.

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5 Ways to Use Authentic Language-learning Videos in Class

By Britta

Don't forget to check out the free video!

Don’t forget to check out the free video!

One of the things I was most interested in on a recent survey of 400+ language teachers was which Internet feature they use most often. And surprisingly – at least to me – almost 80% said that they most often use authentic videos in their MFL classroom. But finding videos that work well in the classroom can be a frustrating experience. ‘I search all over the web. I search constantly but can’t find any videos ’, is a comment I read that seems to sum up many teachers’ experience of trawling through website like YouTube and various radio and TV stations’ sites.
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