Inside: New, trendy classroom decor and materials to share with students.
Anyone else a fellow Swifitie?! NO? That's okay, (but you're seriously missing out!)
Many of you are probably aware of how popular Taylor Swift has become this summer with her re-releasing her albums and her tour and if you weren't just google it! At her concerts fans have started trading friendship bracelets and that's where I took the idea for the bulletin or door decor from. On top of that, there is a common phrase of being in your "_____ era" (Boy Mom Era, Teacher Era, etc.) because of Taylor Swift which is where the Spanish Learning Era comes from and I think it will be a big hit with students. I thought it was a fun way to spark conversation about how students can take their own Spanish learning outside of the classroom, so to help you all out I have compiled some lists to help you all!
Grab the resource to display these ideas with students as a bulletin board or door decor --> HERE!
1) Listen to Spanish music.
Here are some playlists I recommend!
Canciones para la clase, Alvaro Soler, Morat, Cleaning Kit en español, Camilo
2) Read Spanish novels or comics.
Comics en español, Wayside Publishing Comprehensible Novels -- if you have a classroom library and you already do free voluntary reading that's a great way to start and if a student is interested in reading more outside of class don't stop them! I've found that Spanish versions of popular graphic novels like Heart Stopper and Nimona are super popular.
3)Watch Spanish television or movies.
Netflix: Go! Vive a tu manera, Siempre bruja, Maya en los tres,
Disney+: Tierra Incognita, Viaje al centro de la Tierra, Mexico: Nailed It!
4) Create a Duolingo account.
No, I don't think Duolingo is an actual way to learn a language without other comprehensible input and means to acquire language naturally, but it is an easy support that can help with spelling and vocabulary acquisition. I also find that students become naturally competative when placed in classes and can see where they stand as a class. In my humble opinion any Spanish interaction outside of the classroom is good and can't hurt.
5) Listening to podcasts in Spanish.
If you don't already use these in your classroom I highly recommend using them! These are best suited for students at a Novice High or Intermediate level unless they have additional support. Duolingo Podcasts, The Unlimited Spanish, Cuéntame Podcast, Un Día en español
Hopefully having these resources in your toolbox can help you give sound recommendations to students as they continue their Spanish learning journeys.