Spanish & Portuguese Language Zone

Spanish & Portuguese Language Zone

Vida Hispánica is the Language Zone for teachers of Spanish and Portuguese at all levels and in all sectors, available to ALL members. It includes articles on teaching Spanish and Portuguese, on the two languages and on contemporary Iberia and Latin America. Articles are in English or Spanish. There are also reviews of publications about Spain, Portugal and Latin America and of resources for teaching the languages, plus details of forthcoming events.

Superb news for Spanish - 'Spanish is Special'

The following items have been shared by lovers of Spanish around the country.

Some are short and some are more detailed, but they are there for Spanish teachers to enjoy and pass on. 

If you have a Good News story or information for your fellow Hispanists, please do contribute it by email

Everything positive is welcome!

 

10 ways to boost your bilingual child's Spanish skills at home
Poetry Corner

The ALL Literature wiki contains lots of suggestions of texts to use with your Spanish learner – whatever their age! – and it’s not all ‘Literature’! You can find song lyrics, jokes and tongue-twisters alongside poems and story texts.

Use the Search feature to look for things you need – from Gloria Fuentes to Beyonce or Pablo Neruda.

http://all-literature.wikidot.com/

#LoveMySpanish

ALL asked Spanish teachers

Calling all Spanish teachers #mfltwitterati

When you were LEARNING Spanish what was your favourite thing ?

Messages to share with your Spanish learners ?

I still remember how different it sounded in my first lessons. Strange as now it seems natural and easy.

Always encourage learners to enjoy the strangeness/otherness before it becomes familiar.

Perhaps it was Spanish's links to Arabic coming through. It felt exotic in a way French didn't.

You pronounce nearly everything!!

My Spanish teacher was Columbian - feisty, eccentric and passionate. I loved the five minutes at the end of each lesson when she shared a titbit of Hispanic culture be it about el sereno lighting lamps or a poem or a moment in history. We worked hard but we always had those 5min

I remember the sereno. One of the first things I remember learning was the verb Dar palmas to summon the sereno to bring the keys to let you into the building. Did that really happen?

Most amazing, passionate language that was a lot more accessible.

In Mexico the vigilantes came round for their money each month but they did station a man with a stick on the street all night. Also I think he turned the streetlight on and off.

Being a real grammar geek, I loved the fact that there were TWO ways of forming the imperfect subjunctive and there was a ‘sort of’ neuter definite article in ‘lo’ (lo bueno, etc.). I’m easily pleased!

Work experience in Santander. Without a doubt!

Not a Spanish teacher. But I enjoyed learning Spanish songs. Without them, I'd hardly remember anything at all now.

The Spanish football team and knowing I would need to speak Spanish in order to be a WaG.

University in Alicante. The best 6 months !

 

The simplicity and directness after French- quieres agua instead of voulez-vous de l’eau - and the upside down punctuation marks!

Getting to use it on Spanish exchanges. It was like having a super power when you realised you could understand and communicate in another language. Also, Nan had lived in Chile as a young girl and she would tell me silly jokes which my parents couldn’t understand!

 

Sounds. Especially the R rolling and rhyming los ...Noun....os+ Adj....os and same with Las as as. My fave word being the very satisfying sacapuntas

 

Etymology and the stories behind pronunciation. As an RE specialist, I find the Arabic/Islamic influence on Spanish really interesting and students of both subjects like seeing the connections between them

 

Dichos y expresiones coloquiales!! Nunca me aburren!

 

The sounds, the directness, it's logical nature... I find it very musical

Granta names world’s best young Spanish-language writers

List celebrating authors under-35 includes Cubans for first time and more authors of colour.

A mystical murder story set to the rhythms of Inca ritual dancing, a tale of quotidian corruption in Equatorial Guinea, and a psychedelic musing on exile in outer space are among the stories in an eclectic new collection intended to showcase the best young writers of Spanish-language fiction.

Eleven years after publishing its first collection of the finest up-and-coming authors in Spanish, Granta magazine is releasing a second volume that brings together 25 writers aged under 35 and now at work on four continents.

The list includes 11 female writers and 14 male writers from Spain, Nicaragua, Cuba, Colombia, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Equatorial Guinea, Chile, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Ecuador.

 

Published in The Guardian, you can read the story and read the full list of best young writers of Spanish-language fiction here.

Resources

Primary Spanish in a Hackney School

We are grateful to hear from Hackney of the work they have going on there in Primary, al focused on Spanish. Here is an example of a school sharing resources:

And this link : https://www.daubeney.hackney.sch.uk/curriculum/spanish

Raul from Hackney

Hackney teachers have create a story in Spanish about character called Raul. Bernadette Clinton says : We wrote this as we always make it clear that we include the Hispanic World, not just Spain, so Raul travels to several of these. There are 5 countries as our schools have an Hispanic Week each year and we thought that classes could focus on one country each day. Also, several of our teachers did some lovely things during lockdown on cooking, so we included cooking too.

https://view.genial.ly/5fb6e5f24bd8c4109c68ae9b

There is also a Cuaderno to complement the story. 

An update from: Oak National Academy
Primary Spanish Resources

Recent Events

Spanish workshops November 2020

Our colleague  José Jiménez Serrano, from the Consejeria, shares here a report on the Spanish teacher workshops (November 2020)

We are very grateful to the teachers involved for sharing here a presentation on using paintings to talk about.

Also an outline of a talk on using games for speaking.

And three activity resources on El Intruso (cultural knowledges), key questions (history) and a character hunt

https://sites.google.com/usal.es/elintruso/p%C3%A1gina-principal

https://sites.google.com/usal.es/preguntasclave/p%C3%A1gina-principal

https://sites.google.com/usal.es/lacazadelpersonaje/p%C3%A1gina-principal

Guest Blogs

ALL is grateful for these contributions which express the views of the individual writers and are offered to stimulate the thinking of readers. 

Effective independent vocabulary revision

'From drilling to skilling' - Verónica González Otero teaches in a secondary school in the North East of England and compiles here strategies to support remote vocabulary learning.  

How do you …? Use film viewing to enhance students’ language comprehension?
How do you …? Use film viewing to enhance students’ analytical skills?
How do you…? Use phonetics in the Spanish class?

Forthcoming Events

Hackney Spanish Speaking Competition

Hackney Spanish Speaking Competition in 2021. 

Hackney launches this initiative in January 2021 for its schools which will hold heats in school and send winners to the Grand Finale in the week beginning 12 July. It may inspire others!

The aims are:

  • To ensure that pupils are given every opportunity to practice and develop their Spanish speaking skills
  • To organise a high quality event which will raise the profile of Spanish in Hackney
  • To provide an opportunity for pupils to show off their talents and to have fun doing so

Pupils can enter individually, in a pair or as a group and can recite a poem, sing a song, do a role play or performance

Primary Spanish Event online 20 March 2021

The Spanish Embassy Education Office (Consejería de Educación) in collaboration with Junta de Castilla y León is offering a half-day online session for Primary teachers on the 20th of March: Ideas for teaching Spanish in Primary. It will include 3 practical workshops delivered bilingually in Spanish and English:

-9:00 - Spanish vocabulary pills for primary students.

-10:00 - Let’s get to know Spain: a game to get started with Spanish culture.

-11:00 - Tell me a story: a project to awaken emotions in Spanish class.

 

Registration is free and it is already open: https://forma.administracionelectronica.gob.es/form/open/corp/4804/PDzF

Participants may win a scholarship for a training course in Castilla y León in the raffle that will take place at the end of the session.

 

For further information:

Website: https://www.educacionyfp.gob.es/reinounido/en_GB/convocatorias-programas/formacion-profesorado/actualidad/cyl-talleres-en-linea-en-mar-2021.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/consejeriauk/status/1367088795280154629https://twitter.com/consejeriauk/status/1367088795280154629

Support for Teachers

Free Spanish Workshops

The Education and MFL Advisers at the Consejería de Educación (The Spanish Embassy Education Office in UK and in Ireland) together with Extenda, the Andalusian Promotion Agency have developed 8 free workshops for Spanish Teachers, starting on May 12th until June 30th.

One hour every Tuesday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Click here and here for more details or see below.

Talleres en línea para profesorado de español en el Reino Unido e Irlanda

La Consejería de Educación en el Reino Unido e Irlanda y Extenda (Agencia Andaluza de Promoción exterior) ofrecen ocho talleres de formación en línea para profesorado de español durante los meses de mayo y junio de 2020. Se trata de una serie de talleres independientes sobre distintos aspectos metodológicos relacionados con la enseñanza del español, que se pueden seguir puntualmente: cada docente puede inscribirse solo en uno solo de los talleres, en varios o en todos, según su interés.

Fechas y horario: los martes de 16:00 a 17:00 en los meses de mayo y junio (desde el 12 de mayo hasta el 30 de junio, incluido). Inscripción: la inscripción es gratuita y se realiza a través de este formulario (se puede participar en todos los talleres o elegir solo uno o varios).

Certificación: la Consejería de Educación emitirá certificado de participación a los asistentes a cada taller.

Todos los detalles sobre el programa y contenido de los talleres pueden consultarse en la web de la Consejería de Educación: https://www.educacionyfp.gob.es/reinounido/convocatorias-programas/formacion-profesorado/extenda-talleres-en-linea-mayo-junio-2020.html

Challenges and Opportunities for Learners

Celebration of Speaking

One of the impacts of COVID-19 has meant that many pupils have had fewer opportunities to speak Spanish than usual. In the British Council / ALL Celebration : Express Yourself  you and your Spanish learners can prepare:

  • A short poem in the target language (written by themselves or by another author)
  • A short presentation on any theme e.g. climate change, equality, why I love languages
  • A short sketch
  • A short dialogue

You record yourselves delivering a performance, (under-16 participants should use either PowerPoint slides/Bitmoji/other pictures or video imagery rather than showing their faces). This can be a solo or joint performance but should be no longer than 90 seconds in total and recorded in landscape mode.

 

More details here :

https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/languages/express-yourself-lockdown

Español: lengua global

The Spanish Embassy in the UK has provided a series of short films and a quiz about Spanish and its global  reach  for the Express Yourself North-East Festival of Languages: 

 

https://expressyourselfne.com/espanol-lengua-global/

Teaching and Learning Spanish

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Primary school shares online resources

Primary school shares online resources

Jesualdo Martínez, Spanish Coordinator, The Premier Academy Cuando hace ya 5 años recalé en The Premier Academy como coordinador y profesor de español mi objetivo fue dotar al departamento de idiomas de todo lo necesario para ofrecer a nuestros alumnos un currículum sólido y con garantías de futuro. Cuando en un principio empecé a trabajar en la […]

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Propuesta didáctica para ¡Ay, Carmela! y La Hora de los Valientes

Propuesta didáctica para ¡Ay, Carmela! y La Hora de los Valientes

Carlos Sanz Mingo (Cardiff University) La Guerra Civil española ha sido fuente inagotable de material para el cine español, que hizo uso de la misma desde poco después de terminar el conflicto (por ejemplo, Raza, de 1942). Las largas vacaciones del 36 (1976) marca un cambio en la visión de la guerra, pues es la […]

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Generadores de actividades lúdicas en la red para la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera

Generadores de actividades lúdicas en la red para la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera

Mara Fuertes Gutiérrez (Leeds Metropolitan University) El surgimiento y popularización de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación (TIC) y su integración progresiva en todos los niveles educativos implica, entre otras cuestiones, la expansión notable del número de herramientas disponibles para la enseñanza-aprendizaje del español como lengua extranjera (ELE) y, con ella, el acceso […]

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“Mañana en el instituto”: Explotación didáctica de un relato corto

“Mañana en el instituto”: Explotación didáctica de un relato corto

Irene Macías (University of Bath) “Mañana en el instituto” es un relato corto destinado a las etapas de aprendizaje de KS4 y KS5 (niveles B1-B2 según el MCER). El objetivo es facilitar el aprendizaje lingüístico acercando a los estudiantes a la realidad de una adolescente española con la que pueden sentirse identificados por edad y […]

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Two apples reds

Two apples reds

Basil Turner (High Wycombe) No child brought up in an English-speaking household would use the three English words above as set out in the title of this article.  Equally, no child brought up in a Spanish-speaking household would refer to ‘Dos rojo manzanas’. The correct usage would have been acquired, not learned, in both cases […]

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La economía sexual en El burlador de Sevilla: la mujer como mercancía u objeto

La economía sexual en El burlador de Sevilla: la mujer como mercancía u objeto

Irene López Rodríguez (Liceo Europeo, Madrid, Spain) INTRODUCCIÓN En la España del Siglo de Oro el papel de la mujer se circunscribe al locus doméstico gobernado por una figura masculina, ya sea el padre o el marido. Las aspiraciones personales y familiares de la mujer residían en el matrimonio, entendido como una especie de transacción […]

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Heritage speakers of Spanish: how can research help in teaching them?

Heritage speakers of Spanish: how can research help in teaching them?

Álvaro Acosta Corte, University of Leicester   INTRODUCTION This article evaluates the current research landscape regarding heritage speakers of Spanish. It intends to review and critically assess the literature and the current research trends and methods in this field, which is becoming a major issue in the disciplines of bilingualism, language acquisition and language teaching. […]

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Mario Vargas Llosa: Life and Literature

Lesley Wylie, University of Leicester Sin las ficciones seríamos menos conscientes de la importancia de la libertad para que la vida sea vivible y del infierno en que se convierte cuando es conculcada por un tirano, una ideología o una religión. Quienes dudan de que la literatura, además de sumirnos en el sueño de la […]

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Aritcles in Spanish

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Primary school shares online resources

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Jesualdo Martínez, Spanish Coordinator, The Premier Academy Cuando hace ya 5 años recalé en The Premier Academy como coordinador y profesor de español mi objetivo fue dotar al departamento de idiomas de todo lo necesario para ofrecer a nuestros alumnos un currículum...

Propuesta didáctica para ¡Ay, Carmela! y La Hora de los Valientes

Propuesta didáctica para ¡Ay, Carmela! y La Hora de los Valientes

Carlos Sanz Mingo (Cardiff University) La Guerra Civil española ha sido fuente inagotable de material para el cine español, que hizo uso de la misma desde poco después de terminar el conflicto (por ejemplo, Raza, de 1942). Las largas vacaciones del 36 (1976) marca un...

Two apples reds

Two apples reds

Basil Turner (High Wycombe) No child brought up in an English-speaking household would use the three English words above as set out in the title of this article.  Equally, no child brought up in a Spanish-speaking household would refer to ‘Dos rojo manzanas’. The...

Heritage speakers of Spanish: how can research help in teaching them?

Heritage speakers of Spanish: how can research help in teaching them?

Álvaro Acosta Corte, University of Leicester   INTRODUCTION This article evaluates the current research landscape regarding heritage speakers of Spanish. It intends to review and critically assess the literature and the current research trends and methods in this...

Mario Vargas Llosa: Life and Literature

Lesley Wylie, University of Leicester Sin las ficciones seríamos menos conscientes de la importancia de la libertad para que la vida sea vivible y del infierno en que se convierte cuando es conculcada por un tirano, una ideología o una religión. Quienes dudan de que...

Reviews

10 of the best novels about Portugal
10 of the best novels about Spain
10 of the best Latin American novels - that will take you there

Portuguese

Teachers of Portuguese are invited to create articles, blogs and information in this Zone  . You may also be interested to read about championing the Portuguese language on this link:

https://www.all-languages.org.uk/about/community/language-networks/portuguese  

Support for Portuguese

Instituto Camões

The website of  the Instituto Camões in London can be found here

 www.e-portugues.co.uk

Anglo-Portuguese School of London

The Anglo-Portuguese School of London (APSoL) is a free 4-11 primary school which opened in September 2020 with a cohort of Reception  children. At full capacity, the school will have 420 places and all year groups from Reception to Year 6.

The school is England’s first to provide a bilingual curriculum in English and in Portuguese

https://angloportugueseschool.org/en/

All articles about the teaching and learning of Portuguese

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10 of the best Latin American novels – that will take you there

If you want a read which takes you to distant Latin American shores, through cities and pueblos, jungles and rivers with an edge of political realism, magic, flavour, colour and vibrancy then look no further than the Guardian's 10 best Latin American novels....

Top 10 Latin American short stories

Are you craving adventures in Latin America? Here is a selection of short stories crafted from 10 Latin American short story writers which will catapult you from your sofas to rural Mexico, Argentina, Buenos Aires and Chile.  Be warned these do not always make for...

The impact of STORYWALK® on foreign language development and cultural competence: preliminary investigation

The impact of STORYWALK® on foreign language development and cultural competence: preliminary investigation

Solange A. Lopes-Murphy (Indiana State University) INTRODUCTION Cross-cultural interactions define life in many societies around the globe, including the United States (Rivera, Greggory, and Ward, 2010). The great mobility that exists in the world today gives us greater opportunities to interact with people different from ourselves. However, for those interactions to be effective, we need […]

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Translation as a tool in foreign language learning – the learner’s perspective

Translation as a tool in foreign language learning – the learner’s perspective

Maria José Veiga (Researcher at the University of Aveiro, Transmedia Portugal) INTRODUCTION In the second half of the 20th century, foreign language teaching methods within the Portuguese Education system have proved to be translation resistant. By the end of the first decade of the present century, one can observe that there has been a steady […]

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