Probably one of my favourite places in Madrid, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando holds a stunning collection that is really worth the visit. Why?
When I was a teaching assistant, one of the most popular questions I got asked was: “Do you actually talk to the students in Spanish ALL THE TIME?”
This ‘Spanish only’ approach is actually quite old*. A great example that illustrates how old this matter is is the following sketch from SNL. *Eddie Murphy old.
There is a thin line between helping the students and making them feel stupid (big mistake) or disengaged. So where is the key for me? It is not that simple.
Last week I was chilling out, just watching some telly and suddenly I remembered that a TV program called Cámbiame (highly recommended for the topic of fashion) was just about to get started. It is quite popular and entertaining but that day… it made me feel really depressed.
The show is about people who ask for a makeover because they want to change their style and for various reasons they have struggled but this post is not about fashion. It is about something that really shocked me and that sadly I had the misfortune to see on other occasions. English teachers that do not seem to have a solid basic level of the subject they teach.
What do I mean? Please, take a look at the following video. The girl is Rocio, an English high school teacher from Spain who has to translate sentences about herself (into English) to random people who passes by.
A PowerPoint with all the GCSE theme-based vocabulary included in AQA’s new specification (8668).
This is a card game I created for my shyest Y11. I simply used one card once a week and it worked miracles. Most of them feared having that blank page feeling and with these cards they were able to focus on a target (which they found quite helpful) and of course, they also love a bit of competition.
For all those students of Spanish in their last year in the UK (Year 13 in England and Wales, Year 14 in Nothern Ireland or Secondary 6 in Scotland) who got really good grades, you have the chance to win a trip to Castilla-León (Spain) for two people. How?
Do you speak Fench or are you learning French? Do you also have a talent, a passion that you want to share?
Then get your camera ready because you can win a trip to Paris thanks to The French Institute in partnership with Paris’ Airport, the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who have decided to create this competition in order to promote the French Language.