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, and regular ‘Noticiario’ sections bringing readers cultural and political news from the Spanish-speaking countries. Contributions submitted to Vida Hispánica are peer reviewed and published online subject to approval by independent referees.

All articles about the teaching and learning of Spanish

¿Te gusta el chocolate con churros?

Bernadette Clinton speaks about the progress of the Hackney Bilingual Section which is trialling the teaching of Art through Spanish.

A new resource for KS2 Spanish!

¡Mi Madrid! Words: Maria Rodriguez, MFL Coordinator at Scotholme Primary School, Nottingham This free resource uses a range of applications that can be used to enhanced teaching and learning in the classroom. It is an engaging resource and very interactive, following the story of two friends who live in Madrid. Each clip features a visit […]

Talking the Talk in French, German, Italian and Spanish

Words: Joanna Alexander, The University of Nottingham talking the Talk French, German, Italian and Spanish is a series of books aimed at helping the learner to feel confident in chatting in social situations. Topics covered include: getting to know people, lifestyle choices, making plans, sharing opinions and keeping in touch. Each chapter is clearly laid […]

Cooking with Languages

Words: Evie Byng –   pupil at Tollerton primary school, Nottinghamshire and Rachel Byng – parent and language enthusiast Evie: Hola, soy Evie. Tengo 7 años y me encanta cocinar. I was really excited when I saw the book and had a look through the recipes, there were so many I wanted to try. I decided […]

Upskilling to teach Spanish

Guest blog by Kerry Phipps, MFL French and Spanish teacher and ALL Council member Teaching background After studying French and Art at university, then completing a Masters in French Translation, I became a primary teacher with responsibility for French throughout the schools where I worked. Seven years ago, once my children were more independent, and […]

Early Language Learning: Complexity and Mixed Methods

Words: Lisa Stevens, Primary language teacher and ALL Council member Early Language Learning: Complexity and Mixed Methods, edited by Janet Enever and Eva Lindgren Early Language Learning: Complexity and Mixed Methods is the first in a series of books published by Multilingual Matters on the subject of early language learning (ELL) in school contexts. It brings […]

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 […]

One Third Stories: Ruby Red Riding Hood

Words: Kerry Phipps, primary languages teacher. Title Ruby Red Riding Hood Author Jonny Pyn and Alex Somervell Illustrated by Hannah Hutchings Publisher One Third Stories Ltd, 2017 ISBN 978-0-9956357-6-0 Length 15 pages Price From £12.49 per month One Third Stories is a new company that produces monthly story boxes based on parents’ paid subscriptions. The […]

Summer Reads

The long and relaxing summer break provides an opportunity to not only unwind with a good book, but to also practise your reading skills, enjoy reading in a different language or simply immerse yourself in another culture.  With this in mind, the Editorial Language Zones team have put together a list of enjoyable summer reads […]

All articles about the teaching and learning of Portuguese

Reviews – Vida Hispánica, spring 2014

Noelia Alcarazo, Reviews Editor COURSE BOOKS ¡A Debate! Estrategias para la interacción oral. (Libro del Alumno + CD Audio) Javier Muñoz-Basols, Elisa Gironzetti and Yolanda Pérez Edelsa, 2013, 171 pp, £23.95 ISBN 978-84-7711-797-1 ¡A Debate! Estrategias para la interacción oral is a textbook for students aiming to reach Level C of the Common European Framework […]

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 […]

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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