¿Escribes en español?

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Most people answer, “No,” but actually we do!

Think about it: most of us send texts and emails, take notes, make “to do” lists, post comments on Facebook, send invitations, tell stories…

When studying a new language, you do a lot of writing too. It’s an essential part of learning the content and context of the target language. The “why” and “how” you write may be more circumstantial and prescribed than in English, but the goal is the same: to communicate.

Each type of writing requires its own vocabulary and phrases. When you send your grandmother a thank you note, do you use the same terms you use when sending a text to your friends or writing a paper about Don Quixote? I hope not!

ACTFL lists five levels of writing proficiency and the specific range of abilities for each. The guidelines describe “the product rather than the process or purpose of the writing” and highlight spontaneous (immediate, unedited) or reflective (revised, edited) works.

The Spanish Writing Tablet offers just the right amount of input to highlight the output. Our templates—blank, letter, invitation, and conversation--provide a context that help the learner complete a written assignment. You'll enhance your Spanish writing skills by working on open-ended assignments or creating writing samples that address specific grammar points or cultural themes.

The blank template displays automatically. Students write words, sentences, and paragraphs—up to 2000 characters or approximately 300 words. Note the Spanish letters and diacritical marks palette that is available at all times.

In the letter template, students select from provided greetings and closings and create the body text.

In the invitation template, students enter content in pre-labeled fields. A Detalles field allows students to include more details.

In the conversation template, students select the number of speakers (up to four), specify names, and create a dialogue or conversation. Use this as collaborative writing project.

Students may complete and save one or more forms during a session. For each, students can access Spanish letters with diacritical marks. Teachers provide the written assignments. Completed forms can be saved, printed, or e-mailed as PDF files for teachers to assess.

Check out some of our lessons that incorporate the Spanish Writing Tablet:
What I Have to Do (using tener que) (QL #1504)
Una Chiva (QL #1505)
Una Invitación (QL #1506)
Writing a Dialogue (QL #1507)

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Mimi Stapleton

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Mimi Stapleton is a Product Manger for Social Innovation and Brand at SAS Institute. She also worked as a curriculum development specialist with Curriculum Pathways creating standards-based content and facilitating online professional development. She is an ACTFL/CAEP program reviewer and EdCamper. You can connect with her on Twitter @MimiStapleton.

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