Enhance Language Skills with Spanish Grammar Resources!

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Are you looking for resources that teach linguistic competence (about the language) and communicative competence (meaningful communication)?

Spanish Grammar in Practice has 11 interactive resources that enhance listening, reading, and writing skills with extension activities for speaking skills. Each offers three levels of Spanish instruction--beginning, intermediate, or advanced--with the focus on a different element of grammar and culture in a real life situation. Detailed lesson guides include objectives, assessment information, and teacher materials.

To start, students meet the guide who provides feedback and directions throughout the lesson. Students then select a level or take a Preparación multiple-choice quiz to determine their appropriate level.

In Información, students use escuchar to listen to authentic Spanish speakers.

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They use explorar to see how the content is contextualized.

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And they use entender to view the script and critical vocabulary associated with the topic. Students can roll over highlighted words for an English translation or additional information.

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As an outcome, students work through questions to check their understanding of the use and form of the grammatical element. Feedback appears for an incorrect answer. A gramática tab is available as a Spanish grammar reference.

The culminating activity, Situación, allows students to use a writing tablet to complete an assignment. A criterio can serve as a checklist and a list of the correct respuestas to help guide and model the writing process. Escribir offers additional writing advice.

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Be sure to check out all the resources in Spanish Grammar in Practice. And use the tag, share, rate, and comment feature to add your own instructional comments for each resource or the entire repository page.

  • Adjective Agreement: Identify the proper use and form of descriptive adjectives, especially those related to quality, quantity, and nationality.
  • Formal & Familiar Commands: Identify the use and form of regular familiar and formal commands to explain what to do and not do when you have a cold.
  • Imperfect & Preterite: Take a virtual walk through Madrid’s open air markets while identifying the proper use and conjugation of regular verbs in the imperfect and preterite tenses.
  • Prepositional Phrases: Use personal a, por, and para, contraction of prepositions, and common prepositional phrases to learn about the Tomatina.
  • Present Tense Use & Form: Meet a Latin band and learn to conjugate regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs (e.g., llamar, escribir, aprenderas) and essential irregular verbs (e.g., ser, estar, tener.
  • Future & Conditional Structures: Explore Ecuador and learn and review the use and form of the future and conditional tenses.
  • Subjunctive Mood: Learn about the Day of the Dead celebration and the Spanish regular present subjunctive mood in subordinate clauses of influence, emotion, or doubt.
  • La arquitectudra de Puerto Rico: Using the verb Ser: Explore old San Juan while learning about the present indicative, preterite, imperfect, and present subjunctive conjugations of the verb ser.
  • La música Vallentata: Using the preterite and imperfect: Use the Spanish past tenses to learn about Vallenato composers, singers, and players.
  • Una rutina diaria: Using reflexives: Enhance the use of reflexive verbs when talking about daily routines.
  • La Plaza Mayor: Using compound tenses: Visit Madrid’s Playa Mayor and learn how to use the present progressive and present participles, both regular and irregular.
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Mimi Stapleton

Curriculum Development Specialist

Mimi Stapleton is a curriculum development specialist with Curriculum Pathways. She creates standards-based content for Spanish language learners and ESL, drawing on her experiences in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech and her teaching assignments at both the secondary and university levels. Mimi also facilitates online professional development courses that prepare educators to integrate digital content into instruction. She is an ACTFL/CAEP program reviewer and EdCamper. You can connect with her on Twitter @MimiStapleton.

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