Remember, each student learns differently. When I work with students that are in High School or above, I first ask them the style of learning that best suits them. If they are not sure, I use what I call the triple approach. What I mean by that is I have the students say the word or sound, I show the students a phonetic spelling or an example of the sound in an English word, and I have the students write down the word or concept. For those that need to have something more tangible, when it comes down to vocabulary, I prefer having the item present such as a pencil, computer, paper, etc, so the students can feel the item and make the mental connection.
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Being a tutor is great for someone who loves being a teacher. I just tutored a great kid who came to the lesson prepared with prior knowledge and a thirst for information. He was very honest with me, which helped me pinpoint our very first lesson and make it a success. I can't wait to impart more knowledge next week and hopefully he will be even more successful in his Spanish 2 class next year at his new high school :0)
These videos are a fun way to learn some Spanish grammar. My Spanish team and I used them frequently! Go check out Sr. Mara's channel on YouTube! Conjugations Back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ex3k3yKjYk Cry Me a Verb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yup8ifNVcKI Reflex your Verby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KATBgZ5oyIg
Greetings! Today´s blog post discusses the issue of learning culture when learning a language. The easy answer is that language is a reflection of culture...but who wants an easy answer? Seriously, language is a reflection of culture, because each culture provides variations to a language based upon its history and its people. For example, in the 1950's, the word "whatever" did not have the connotation of attitude and sheer exasperation that it has when it is said today. The pop culture of the last two decades has inserted many new words into the everyday speech of U.S. citizens, as well as those worldwide. Many of the words we use in general, today, as well as specifically for the study of mathematics, language and other subjects, have their roots in the Greek and Latin languages. As an example, let's look at one of my favorite words--"spa." (I'm especially thinking about the spa today, because I'm cold and I see snow.) The Greek and Roman tradition of spa baths... read more
This post is co-titled "The Spanish (or English) You Know" One of my favorite aspects of language acquisition between English and Spanish is the cognate connection they share. There are thousands of words from ancient Latin that are closely related in spelling, if not exact, and most of these words have similar meanings...if not exact. These words have evolved concurrently in different cultures over the centuries, and after all this time, the pronunciation is still the primary difference. There are three main groups of cognates. Let's have a look: Exact Cognates These are beautiful! Exact cognates are spelled the same in English and Spanish, so the only difference is pronunciation, although some of these may have varied meaning in translation. Depending on how quickly a language learner can grasp the differences in pronunciation between the languages, literally hundreds of words can be added to vocabulary in a day or so, because you already know these words.... read more
Greetings, Today's post deals with a subject that is a quite a controversial subject of discussion among students and their teachers. Generally, students would prefer for teachers to post their Spanish (or any other target language) vocabulary words and then to write the English translations beside them. Unfortunately, according to long-established research by Harvard professor, David Marzano, NLR or non-linguistic representation, in which teachers use pictures, drawings and symbols, as well as gestures and actions, is far more effective. For example, what do you think of when you see the yellow "golden arches?" I can tell you that, when I traveled throughout Europe or Latin America, I never had to see the McDonald's sign to know that I was nearing a place in which I could buy hamburgers. NLR is the same thing, basically! As teachers show photos or act out words with gestures, students learn to associate the Spanish word with a mental picture or a certain gesture or... read more
If You Don’t Use It...You Lose It We language teachers and learners have a saying. “If you don’t use it...you lose it.” We mean that if you don’t use your second or third language frequently, you will begin to forget it. So, I am going to give you a few suggestions for how to use Spanish (or any other language for that matter) every day. Do not become one of those who say, “I learned Spanish in high school and college, but I do not remember anything.” 1. Spanish radio can be a great friend. Set one of your stations in your car to a Spanish radio station. I have a few different stations set, but when I am flipping through them to avoid commercials, I will listen to the Spanish station when it comes up. And even the commercials on that station are valuable. 2. Set your home page on the Internet to a Spanish newspaper. It can be a local paper in Spanish or a different country’s paper. Each time I get online, the first thing I see is a newspaper from Honduras. I read... read more
I don't just tutor French; I also tutor Spanish and English. My students and I discover together what is the best approach for me to teach them well and for them to enjoy their learning session. I have many years of experience tutoring adults, students and children.
Useful Study Tips for Spanish *Make flashcards for vocabulary, verbs in the infinitive form, conjugated verbs, expressions, conversation examples, etc. with English on one side and Spanish on the other. *Read out loud to yourself in Spanish to practice pronunciation and to practice comprehension of what you read. *Act out verbs to help yourself learn them better and faster! Por ejemplo (for example), if you are studying the verb 'bailar', DANCE as you SAY the verb! *Write difficult words or phrases 10 times each, and make sure you know how they translate into English! *Use sticky notes to label your bedroom with Spanish! (door, bed, desk, window, floor, closet, bathroom, tv, phone, mirror, chair, lamp...but in Spanish, of course!) *Watch the Spanish channel on t.v. and listen to Spanish on the radio! Try to get the main idea of what is being said, rather than trying to understand every word. *Choose a DVD that you know really well, and check to see if you... read more
I’ll be tutoring Spanish in a few days, and I actually started to google this person in LinkedIn. And I realized he works in financial services and business. This gives me a better understanding of the type of tutoring he expects. Until then, I will post my first experience. In the meantime, I was thinking, that writing the tutoring blog in English for tutoring Spanish and Marketing students would be a bit awkward - especially if future students will be reading it (hopefully). So I decided to write the main blog in Spanish and about Marketing topics. This way students can benefit from reading and commenting in Spanish and learning marketing stuff at the same time. I’ll see if this works. Probably the WyzAnt Team will let me know if this will be a problem for this different approach. Meanwhile, students enjoy! ¿Qué es el EFECTO LIBELULA? Según los autores Jennifer Aaker y Andy Smith, el “Efecto Libélula” es modelo de negocios que se enfoca en utilizar los... read more
One may always be grammatically correct or use a wide variety of vocabulary in a foreign language. However, this means absolutely nothing if one cannot pronounce words and phrases correctly. When I was learning Spanish in school, my teachers rarely corrected my pronunciation. It wasn't until I traveled to Spain that I learned how to pronounce words correctly. Emphasizing pronunciation is something I feel a lot of foreign language teachers/tutors overlook and don't emphasize enough in their teaching. Here are some tips for foreign language tutors and teachers to emphasize pronunciation more in their lessons. 1. Start lessons going over the alphabet in the target language I always begin a lesson by going over the alphabet. It is the most basic lesson, yet crucial lesson for beginners. Beginners can become familiar with the language without feeling overwhelmed. I have homemade index card with the letter and the sound underneath. On the other side of the card I have a... read more
I am so excited to be moving to Tallahassee in a week or two. I have bought a little house, and will be attending FSU in the fall to pursue a Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I don't know yet exactly when I will be closing, but I will be in Tallahassee no later than July 7. I would love to find some tutoring jobs to get a feel for the local school system, to see what foreign language instruction is like in Florida, and to fill up some of the empty hours I will have during the year (I have been working full time for a very long time, and just being a student, while exciting, will not fill up enough of my days). I will keep you posted on my moving experiences! Susan
One of the best experiences I had was working through Concordia Language Programs Language Camps. During that time I worked with children from ages 6-18 teaching them Spanish. The name of the camp was 'El Lago del Bosque' which of course means Lake of the Woods. Along with other college students mainly from Minnesota I also had the opportunity to meet fellow camp counselors who were contracted from all over Latin America including Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and also from Spain to teach Spanish. We taught the summer campers Spanish through many interactive and dynamic methods including games, music and art projects that immersed the children in the language. There was also a focus on the similarities and differences between the cultures of different Spanish speaking countries. Today I like to take a similar approach to teaching kids Spanish. I think the lessons should be dynamic and interactive in a way that allows them to really immerse themselves in the language... read more
Por y Para, Parte I In English, the word ‘for’ has many uses: for prep for 1 to be given or sent to This letter is for you. 2 towards; in the direction of We set off for London. 3 through a certain time or distance for three hours; for three miles. 4 in order to have, get, be etc He asked me for some money; Go for a walk. 5 in return; as payment He paid $2 for his ticket. 6 in order to be prepared He's getting ready for the journey. 7 representing He is the member of parliament for Hull. 8 on behalf of Will you do it for me? 9 in favour of Are you for or against the plan? 10 because of for this reason. 11 having a particular purpose She gave me money for the bus fare. 12 indicating an ability or an attitude to a talent for baking; an ear for music. 13 as being They mistook him for someone else. 14 considering what is used in the case of It is quite warm for January (= considering that it is... read more
When I decided to learn Spanish, I had two options. I could go to a school where everything was in Spanish from the first day, or to a school that taught Spanish by first explaining everything in English. Although I had several friends who had successfully learned Spanish by the first method, I preferred the second. I think the second method worked out better for me. I can think of a lot of reasons why, but perhaps what happened to me in class one time will illustrate my point. We were practicing pronunciation by reading sentences out of a book. Our teacher was a Mexican man who knew little English. When it was my turn to read, I got a sentence with the word “Juan” in it. Like other Americans before me, I pronounced it “wahn”, which was not correct. The teacher stopped me and repeated the word. I didn’t hear any difference between what he said and what I said, so I repeated, “wahn”. Again he corrected me. For several minutes (at least it seemed that long) we went back... read more
One way to understand the Spanish language, is to listen to it. There are some good channels you can listen to the spanish language and hear the words that you are familiar with. I like the Handy Mandy cartoon rather than Dora. I also encourage my students to listen to the Spanish soap operas at night. They are on the Univision cable channels. On these soap operas, some of the spanish words that one should already be familiar with are easily pronounced and can be clearly understood. Try it. Listen to the soap operas for the common phrases, like 'bueanas dias, como estas, claro, si, no comprendo, . . .etc. Listening to the spanish speaker like a child is how we came to learned and understand English.
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PRONOMBRES REFLEXIVOS used reciprocally It is possible to make some verbs reflexive when we want to say "each other". For example: Carlos and Maria SE HABLAN. Los muchachos SE AYUDAN. Nosotros NOS SALUDAMOS. Manuel y Rosa SE ABRAZAN. Some examples of verbs commonly used in reciprocal form are: ABRAZARSE AYUDARSE BESARSE COMPRENDERSE CONTARSE (O-UE) LEERSE LLEVARSE BIEN/MAL CONOCERSE ENTENDERSE ESCRIBIRSE HABLARSE LLAMARSE VERSE PELEARSE SALUDARSE
DIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS: me, te, nos, lo, la, los, las We use ME when Yo (yourself) is speaking. We use TE when we are talking to Tu (you.) We use NOS when we are talking about Nosotros (us.) We use LO when we are taking about El, Ella and Usted (he, she and you-formal.) We use LOS when we are talking about ellos, ellas and ustedes (them and you all.) INDIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS: me, te, le, nos, les We use ME when implying: me, to me, or for me. We use TE when implying: you, to you, for you. We use LE when implying: him/her, to him/her, for him/her or you-formal, to you-formal or for you-formal. We use NOS used when implying: us, to us, for us. We use LES used when implying: them, to them, for them, you all, to you all, for you all. When direct and indirect object pronouns are together in a sentence, the indirect object will be placed before the direct object pronoun. Examples: Me la trajo. = He brought... read more
Why learn a second language? You might not be aware of some of the profound affects that early language exposure can have on the developing brain of a child. How learning a second language affects the young brain It has long been known that there is a strong link between language, music and other developmental skills, such as math and logical thinking. Children who are exposed to music and/or language training show measurable improvements in other cognitive skills. Researchers believe that early language exposure actually increases the size and power of a child's brain! Current Brain Research In some regards an infant's brain is like a blank slate. Exposing your child to a second language at an early age can actually change the way your child's brain is structured by forming connections that otherwise would not be formed. These connections seem to be not only necessary for learning language, but are beneficial in many other academic areas: study after... read more