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Games are a great way to make use of the language, especially for beginners, regardless of age! It's something I try to do at the end of each lesson, the last 10 to 15 minutes of the lesson.   Hangman - really gets beginners practicing to say the letters Cheese Dip - perfect for the younger ones, they will love to practice spelling words with those cheese letters and mice Go... read more

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No need to fret! You'll be using the verb ser a lot! You may start out by saying something like: Mi celebridad favorita es Matt Shadows. You can talk about where he is from and what his job description is. If he's an American singer, you'll say: Es un cantante Americano.   Let's...

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The use of "me" (answer)

Quiero que me vengas is one of the phrases that sounds very awkward. Venir as a verb, similar to English, has the potential to go down an inappropriate path. To avoid sounding awkward it’s better to go down the longer road by adding a mi, a el, a ti etc. or adding a place: •quiero que vengas...

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Structure is necessary, it keeps things organized but unplanned topics can also present great learning opportunities. If the student is excited about something, we talk about it! There are always chances to learn new vocabulary words and even hit up some practice with grammar. After all, conversation is just that, going with the flow and seeing where things go. Be spontaneous amidst the structure... read more

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I think the main confusion comes when faced with the decision between "por" or "para" when they can both be used.   El pastel fue preparado para Maria. The cake was made FOR Maria. (Maria has nothing to do with the preparation.)   El pastel fue preparado...

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One of my favorite tools to use when starting lessons with students is Facebook. It's great because most students have smart phones and can open the app right there. And, you get your students to talk about people they know, or people they would like to know more about (celebrities and such). For my Spanish students, we open up a friend's page and just like that we create sentences and ask questions... read more