🤔Opinion: Spanish ONLY?! 🇪🇸

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.

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📚 + 📺 Ian Gibson on Spain 🇪🇸

Last night I was really happy to see this interview with Ian Gibson (Irish author and Hispanist) on a Spanish late night show called Late Motiv.

He’s been in Spain for a long time (60 years) and after watching the interview I feel like he knows us so well. People often find interesting the perception others have from us and in this case, I love how in such simple words he characterized Spain and its people with such detail. Bold and clear statements on:

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🏆Award: best student of Spanish in the UK 🇪🇸

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?

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📺 TV: Conan Without Borders: Made In Mexico 🇲🇽+🇺🇸

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Once again Conan packs his suitcase and this time he and part of his team are taking us to Mexico. In such a troubling time for American-Mexican relations (especially due to the new administration), he decided to bring some comedy in order to make some Mexican friends.

What to expect from this show? Comedy that includes: The border, THE famous wall, telenovelas, Diego Luna, lucha libre, Mexican food, Vicente Fox flipping the bird… and much more.

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📍Auroville 🇮🇳 – (Revision) 🇪🇸

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I was lucky enough to find a chronicle I can relate to most of the topics covered in the AQA A2 exam. It took me some time until I found the perfect story for my students’ revision time.

It is some info about a place called Auroville (in India) and the idea of a place with no official religion, currency and a very particular form of government seems fascinating to me and fortunately my students liked it too so feel free to have a look and use it in your lessons if you find it useful.

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