This series of multicultural chapter books features a Dominican American protagonist.

Big News! Emma is on the Air is the first of a series of multicultural chapter books for grades 2-3. The books feature an enthusiastic 8-year-old protagonist who wants to become a TV reporter. Many thanks to author, Ida Siegal, a real-life TV news reporter, and Scholastic, for providing this book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. In the book, Emma’s…

Pictoline makes Spanish infographics that teachers can incorporate into their classes.

Pictoline has an excellent selection of Spanish infographics. This Mexican-based news outlet presents information with engaging visual design and concise language. In addition to being lots of fun, these Spanish infographics are an excellent resource for language classes. Many teachers have discovered the power of Spanish infographics to create comprehensible input. Publishing companies are starting to include similar visuals in textbooks…

This picture book featuring Spanish tongue twisters is an excellent resource for language learners.

Are you looking for an excellent collection of Spanish tongue twisters for children? In his picture book El torneo de trabalenguas / The Tongue Twister Tournament, author Nicolás Kanellos offers a wonderful selection. He also makes the rhymes accessible to language learners by creating a context for reading and practicing Spanish tongue twisters. Thanks to Piñata Books, an imprint of…

Kids get Spanish verb conjugation practice with this cut and paste activity.

I believe communicative instruction is the best way to teach and learn a language, so I try to keep my classes as interactive as possible. Still, kids do need activities that make them aware of language patterns. Even native speakers practice verb conjugation, so it is logical that some Spanish verb conjugation practice is useful for children learning the language…

Spanish YouTubers produce fun videos for kids learning language.

Young native speakers of Spanish are creating content for YouTube, and their work is an excellent resource for kids learning the language. These Spanish YouTubers are children themselves, sharing their daily lives in entertaining videos. YouTubers are a relatively new authentic resource for kids learning Spanish.  Although some videos are too difficult for class, you can find others that work…

Top language news stories in 2016 included the benefits of bilingualism and the push for dual language programs.

In spite of the divisiveness that dominated much of the news in 2016, there was remarkable consensus on the benefits of speaking more than one language. The press brought us stories on new research supporting the benefits of bilingualism. There were also reports on the push for bilingual education and support from parents for dual language programs in the United…