Project L.E.A.D. stands for literature exploration and adventure. The idea is that on October 31st, both students and teachers dress like a character from a book and share their stories. In Spanish class, I like to call it Proyecto L.E.E. (lectura entretenida y educativa) and turn it into a cultural lesson. Today, I decided to be Marisol Ríos de la Luz, the main character in the graphic novel “La Borinqueña.” Watch the video to learn more about this very special woman. Below are also a couple of suggested resources.
Today I want to invite you, world language teacher, to join colleagues on social media. Yes, there is a lot of information trending that it is simply a waste of our time. BUT, there is much more than makes it worthwhile.
Earlier this year, I became part of the Twitter chat group known as #charlaELE1. It is an international Twitter chat for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language, conducted fully in Spanish. Before then, I had secretly perused the posts of two other main chat groups for world language teachers in the United States: #earlylang and #langchat. Yes, I was a lurker!
Now, the story is different. I have learned that taking the time to participate in these chats opens up a world of possibilities. We exchange information relevant to our practice, make new professional connections, have access to a wealth of information that we can reference at any time, and most importantly, we develop professionally from the comfort of our homes, offices, cars, or any other place where there is WIFI.
So if you have not joined the Twitter chat movement yet, don’t wait! Set up a Twitter account, look up hashtags relevant to your professional field or area of expertise, pencil it in on your calendar, and happy learning!
Over the summer, I discovered a plethora of cartoonists from Spanish speaking countries, on Instagram. As I looked at their work I realized how meaningful it could be to post the illustrations on my classroom walls. So I did! Having these type of illustrations as part of the room décor gives the space authenticity while promoting an optimistic ambience, and exposing the students to new vocabulary. In addition, these illustrations are ideal as interpretive tasks to teach comprehension strategies, show perspectives from the target language culture as well as igniting conversations about global issues. When using these resources, make sure that your selection is age-appropriate, and that the visual artists are given credit for their work. Below is a list of my favorite accounts on Instagram, so far.
@gaturro @nagu_cl @72kilos @unatalcarlota @aldotonelli @ilustrados_
Hasta la próxima,