Señor Dallas's Spanish Resources

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Part 1: Website Resources

Resource 1: SpanishDict

This is a great website, even better than a regular Spanish-English dictionary! This dictionary allows you to type a word in either English or Spanish and it will give you the translation along with many different example sentences on when and how to use the word in English or Spanish! Highly recommended for students learning Spanish and for native Spanish speakers learning English!

Resource 2: Study Spanish

With this website you can learn Spanish with audio, cultural notes, grammar, vocabulary, verbs drills, and pronunciation! The website has a very professional layout and may seem a bit overwhelming, but it is very useful when wanting to learn grammar, vocabulary, etc.

Resource 3: CanTeach Writing Prompts

I find this website to be very useful for any language when you want to have you students write about something. It gives numerous prompts to write about, and even though they are in English, you can translate them yourself into your preferred language and give to your students to write about! They include prompts such as "What is...", "What if...", "What do you think...", "How...", etc.

Resource 4: Mango Languages

Mango Languages is a program, some what similar to that of Rosetta Stone. It offers a variety of languages to learn from, including 2 versions of Spanish (Latin American & Spain). Many public libraries allow users to use this program from free, but Mango Languages also has an option to buy the program. Mango Languages is said to be a fun and interactive way to learn a language. It's also much cheaper than Rosetta Stone. What's also nice about this program is that it also has an app for your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Resource 5: Univisión

Univisión is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It's primarily dedicated for Latin American families who reside in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish-language television viewers in the world. Not only is it a news station, it also has a website that people can utilize to catch up on news. It’s a resource for catching up on news in Latin America. I find this to be a great resource because students can read all of the news in Spanish. It’s a great resource to do current event projects in class and for students to know more about what’s going on in the world.

Resource 6: WikiBooks- Spanish Slang

This website is a great way for students to really learn the types of slang that is used in different Spanish speaking countries. It gives them a sense of how Spanish is spoken in those other countries.

Resource 7: Ciudad Seva

This website is great for finding different short stories and poems written by different Hispanic authors. These readings are for more advanced students and exposes the student to a great deal of new vocabulary and exposes them to literature in Spanish.

Resource 8: Spanish Verb Forms

This website is a wonderful for verb conjugations! It gives numerous verbs in Spanish and their conjugations in the different tenses. It also gives blank templates for filling out the verb in different tenses. This is great when wanting to quiz students on their verb conjugations.

Resource 9: Quizlet

Quizlet is great for making flash cards for any world languages class. It's a great tool for studying! It offers many previous created flash cards and allows you to create your own flash cards and share them with the world!

Resource 10: 123 Teachme

This website offers a great deal of things such as a placement test, top verbs, sentence maker, Spanish videos with English, Spanish dialogues with English, flash cards, quizzes, etc. There are numerous lessons within this website!

Resource 11: Ver Taal

Ver Taal - This site has listening exercises with transcripts that include cultural topics (Sanfermines), vocabulary topics (health), holidays (New Year’s resolutions), movie trailers, current events announcements and more. Many of the listening activities have activities that students can complete and receive immediate feedback.

Resource 12: The Creative Language Class

This website is great! I feel that this website will be very beneficial for first year teachers who are trying to design their classroom routines, etc. It provides many different categories with different activities in each category. The categories range from Apps, class decor/routines, first days of school, reading/writing/speaking/listening activities, etc. Definitely check it out!

Part 2: Video Resources

Video 1: Spanish Proficiency Exercises

This is actually a website of videos. Each video has a person from a different Spanish speaking country. The person talks about a topic or different situation. The purpose of these videos is to expose students to different accents and speeds of people when they talk.

Video 2: Diez Minutos

I really like this video because its what we call in Spanish "un cortometraje". It was used in one of my Spanish classes in college and went along with the book we were using. It included vocabulary from the chapter we were on. This video is a perfect way for students to practice their listening and knowledge of other accents.
Ten Minutes
Viaje a Marte

Video 3: Bueno entonces... Music to help you learn Spanish

I really like this video because it's not a boring way to apply your listening of Spanish. The song being used in this video is one of my favorites "Me voy" by Julieta Venegas. It's not a very difficult song and should be understood by students at some point in Spanish 2. Throughout the video it has the lyrics in Spanish and in English. Some of the words are highlighted a certain color in Spanish to match its meaning in English. It also tells what verb is being used in the lyric and if it's in the 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person, etc.
Music to help you Learn Spanish - Me Voy (Julieta Venegas)

Video 4: Next Stop Travel: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

This is a perfect video to use when wanting to show your class what it's like in a Hispanic country. I specifically chose Guadalajara in Mexico because I hold this city close to my heart and it's said to be the most traditional city out of all of Mexico with a lot of culture. In this video it is showing all the different things in the city such as different monuments, traditions, culture, etc. It's a great way to show your class something completely different from their expectations and stereotypes.
Next Stop - Next Stop: Guadalajara | Next Stop Travel TV Series Episode #032

Video 5: Spanish Class Project (Ayúdame!)

This is a great example of a Spanish class project. I would have my students do a project at the end of the year to show their creativity and what they've learned in class. Everything said in this video has basic vocabulary that is learned in Spanish 1.

Video 6: Kevin, Karla, y La Banda (Covers of English songs in Spanish)

I came across this brother and sister group at the Central States Conference in St. Louis. This brother and sister group from Chile make covers of popular American songs (Call Me Maybe, Wrecking Ball, etc.) and they sing them in Spanish! Each of their videos are visually attracting with the way they have the lyrics show up. I think this is a great way to get your students to start learning the language! It relates the language to something they're familiar with!
Call Me Maybe (spanish version) - Carly Rae Jepsen (Kevin Karla & La Banda) Letra HD
We Found Love (Spanish Version) - Kevin Karla & La Banda

Video 7: ¿Qué hora es?- Mexican soap opera for those who only had 3 weeks of Spanish in 4th grade (Comedy)

This video is funny just to show the class and give them a good laugh. It stars Cedric The Entertainer. There's a few different videos.
Que Hora Es? Part 1
Que Hora Es? Part 2

Video 8: Oh, how hard is it to speak Spanish

Oh, how hard it is to speak Spanish!

Video 9: Sr. Wooly videos

Sr. Wooly has his own website and he has some pretty good and funny videos.
Sr. Wooly - "¿Puedo ir al baño?"
Sr. Wooly - "Billy la Bufanda"

Part 3: Reading through TPRS

TPRS Novels

Honestly, I'm not a fan of TPRS by any means. I first encountered TPRS during my student teaching practicum. The only thing that I liked from it were the novels that are used. For my unit I had done it over the beginners novel Piratas del caribe y el mapa secreto. The book would be perfect for a direct method Spanish classroom. It's something I would use towards the end of the year in a Spanish 1 class that way the students know how the present tense works and have been introduced to the preterit (towards the end of the book it uses a little bit of the preterit). In this book there were 11 chapters. When you order a set of these books they come with the Teachers Treasure Chest which comes with the audio of the book and different resources including discussion questions for each chapter. I feel that these kinds of novels can get students engaged in many ways and it touches on all areas (writing, speaking, listening, reading). Students definitely improve on their reading skills because they're seeing the words more in context. With the audio, it's a bit fast for the students I personally think, but I would have my students read a few chapters first then we would listen to the audio of those chapters, but it helps with their listening comprehension. Great ways to get students speaking in the language is by having the students act out the chapter! Assign students different roles (boys read boy parts, girls read girl parts, assign one students per character and the rest read the narrators lines, etc). When you conduct class discussions (whether it be predictions of the next chapter or the discussion questions) students are thinking of the language and what they just read then they are responding in the target language!