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Spanish

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This Wikibook aims to teach the Spanish language from scratch. It will cover all of the major grammar rules, moving slowly and offering exercises and plenty of examples. It's not all grammar though, as it offers vocabulary and phrases too, appealing to all learners. By the end, you should be able to read and write Spanish skilfully, though you'll need a human to help with listening and speaking.

Material Type: Textbook

Spanish I

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Spanish I is very different from other classes at MIT. The central component of the text and workbook is a series of 26 half-hour video episodes. The videos allow students to learn authentic Spanish and experience its cultural diversity while following a good story full of surprises and human emotions. Students also listen to an audio-only program integrated with the text and workbook.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: Margarita Ribas Groeger, Solivia Márquez

Spanish II

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Spanish II continues to develop students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills using the second part of the video-based program, Destinos, begun in Spanish I. Destinos is a soap opera that allows students to learn Spanish and experience its cultural diversity while following a good story full of surprises and human emotions. Spanish II also includes additional materials, such as Spanish films and other media, various types of reading selections and online resources.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: José Ramos, Margarita Ribas Groeger, Solivia Márquez

Foreign Languages and the Literary in the Everyday (FLLITE)

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The FLLITE website contains a collection of lessons in second language literacy for various languages. The website is the focal point of the FLLITE Project, which takes the creative moments found in everyday language use as the basis for lessons in second language literacy. By emphasizing language play as central to communication, FLLITE lessons aim to develop language awareness as well as communicative abilities through the integration of speaking, reading, listening, and writing tasks. The goal of the FLLITE Project is the publication of classroom-tested lessons based on authentic texts in different languages, for example, blogs, Internet memes, YouTube videos, slam poetry, and so forth. All FLLITE lessons carry an open license that allows you the teacher to… …access, adapt, and re-use any lesson; and …contribute a lesson for editorial feedback and publication.

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Center for Educational Resources in Culture Language and Literacy (CERCLL), Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)

Yo soy el agua

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This unit introduces children to a number of concepts related to water. First, students activate and build on prior knowledge as they explore various places where water is found (e.g., lakes, rivers, swimming pools). In the second lesson, students differentiate between water found naturally (e.g., a lake) and artificially (e.g., a swimming pool). The third lesson focuses on the uses of water and its importance for human life. Next, students learn about the various states (solid, liquid, gas) that water can be found in. In the final lesson, students learn what people can do to conserve water and care for this natural resource. Throughout the lessons, students are exposed to songs and books about water. The unit culminates with as assessment that asks pairs of students to create a nonfiction question-and-answer book about a specific representation of water. Description of the assessment task with an optional technological application is also included.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Mary Bartolini

Costa Rica

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This is a pre-teaching Costa Rica quick unit. I used this to teach students about Costa Rica before reading the short novel "Robo en la Noche." It includes information as well as interactive activities.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Reading

Author: Allison Djoko

Los insectos

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The main goals of the unit are to develop basic knowledge about insects and to develop the language linked with the theme. Most of the lessons promote the use of cooperative learning strategies and the use of graphic organizers.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Mary Bartolini

Recorridos

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COERLL has partnered with Rose Potter and Betsy Arnold to publish Recorridos-Don Quijote, a pair of openly-licensed books for the study of Cervantes’ Don Quijote in upper level Spanish courses, including AP. The student workbook, accessible online for free, deepens students’ understanding of the text through reading, pre-reading, and post-reading activities and glosses. The companion teacher support facilitates the teaching of Don Quijote through student-centered strategies and activities, historical and cultural information, quizzes, exams and more.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Reading, Textbook

Authors: Betsy Arnold, Rose Potter

Mexico and Central America Tour

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Attention high school Spanish teachers! This is a Webquest that I created to be used as a group project in a High School Spanish I class. It is a cultural learning project spanning three weeks for classroom groups composed of four students. Within each group, each student will carry out one of four different roles/tasks in preparation for an imaginary trip that the class is going to make to Mexico and Central America. Each group will have the option of choosing to research one of the seven countries included, which can accommodate a classroom of up to 28 students under the parameters given. The nice thing about this project is that each group will give a presentation on a different country which will broaden the students' cultural knowledge of Mexico and Central America. This project is intended for high school Spanish students but could also be used for middle school. The only technology needed is a computer, projector, and an internet connection. ¡Que lo disfruten!

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Author: David Savard

El Arte Alternativo en España

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This WebQuest has a double focus, spanish language and Spanish Art content. It aims at making students reflect on the very nature of art taking examples from Spanish contemporary art, and also at improving Spanish language skills and art vocabulary. It promotes creativity, critical thinking, cooperative learning and uses web 2.0. tools.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Carolina Castro Huercano

¡Listos!

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¡Listos! is a series of units for Heritage Spanish learners in grades 6-12. Three lessons aligned to the K12 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) form four thematic clusters. Relevant scenarios related to personal life, college tasks, career readiness and civic participation frame each lesson and increase student engagement by making learning authentic and relevant to real issues that students face. Each lesson identifies an intermediate or advanced proficiency target that supports language acquisition in the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes. The project also provides teachers with a replicable approach to lesson design for adapting or creating their own materials.

Material Type: Lesson, Unit of Study

Authors: José Sologuren, Meredith Clark