What a great year 2018-2019 was! I was so incredibly lucky to spend my days with my amazing students!
Before talking about some Spanish resources, I’d like to encourage my students to check out the Compassion 2020 opportunity created by the Association of Washington Generals: https://www.wagenerals.org/compassion2020
If you are passionate about your community and learning about how you can be a leader who promotes compassion and would like to travel to India and meet the Dalai Lama(!), this is for you!! Applications are due July 31st. I’d love to see one of our awesome OHS student leaders be part of the small delegation.
One question I get asked a lot is: What should/can I do over the summer to keep up my Spanish? Well, here are some ideas:
- Listen to music in Spanish. Start with our Locura de Marzo lists and explore artists you enjoy, look up lyrics to songs, and sing along!
- Binge some Spanish-language tv and films. With Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and more, there are endless possibilities! Consider turning on SPANISH subtitles instead of English ones. Use www.lyricstraining.com
- Take advantage of all the video resources on Youtube! Watch a cheesy Spanish learners series like Extra en español or Destinos. Or explore the thousands of videos designed for Spanish speakers.
- Follow the news. Use authentic sites like https://www.bbc.com/mundo or https://www.un.org/es/ or https://elpais.com/elpais/portada_america.html or http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/region/news/
- OR if you want a slowed down version of the news to listen to: https://www.newsinslowspanish.com
- For upper level students, exploring Spanish language podcasts is a great resource. Often times there are written transcripts available as well. My personal favorite is www.radioambulante.org
- For upper level students- read fiction. Try this: Harry_Potter_y_la_Piedra_Filosofal_01