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A Propos - November 2020

French Newsletter
11-05-2020  A Propos - French Newsletter, Interculturality, Teacher Resources, All News, Authentic Resources, The Wayside Way

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Fostering appreciation of cultures and peoples

 
 

A Propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom

 

Hi Educators,

 

In the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, we learn that "Tolerance is respect, acceptance and, appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human." In this spirit, we have compiled some resources with the hope of further fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.

 

  • READ - This blog series exploring authentic resource best practices

  • WATCH - Our video on "Top 5 Tips for Vocabulary Instruction"

  • MODEL - Culturally responsive and sensitive communication

  • CELEBRATE - The thirtieth anniversary of AAUSC

  • TOAST - Our brand new 2021 catalog

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

 

Bon cours,

 

Accessing Authentic Resources

New on the Blog: In a series of three blog posts, instructional strategist Debbie Espitia breaks down the best practices of incorporating authentic resources into lessons. The third post is hot off the (virtual) presses this week!

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Our Top Recommendation for the Wayside YouTube Channel

Featured Video: With these 5 tips, instructional strategist Michelle Olah addresses how you can enhance memory and understanding of target language vocabulary.

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Ya Sabes - October 2020

Spanish Newsletter
10-28-2020  Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter, Teacher Resources, Authentic Resources, All News, La Casa De Eduardo, Author Spotlights

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Eat, Sleep, and Crave Authentic Resources?

 
 

Ya Sabes

Bold Ideas and Practical Resources for Your Language Classroom

 

Hi educators,

 

Authentic resources are a core component of proficiency-driven language instruction, so they are always on our minds. How do we find authentic resources that are relevant and engaging for instruction? How do we celebrate the authenticity of our own culture in daily life? And how do textbook authors incorporate authentic resources into curriculum design? We are delighted to explore these questions, and more, with you.

 

  • READ – A blog series break down of authentic resource best practices
  • COOK – Watch this authentic cooking lesson created for aspiring cooks, recorded in the target language
  • CONSIDER – How authors combined authentic resources, communicative based tasks, and more, into the design of our AP® Spanish text
  • REQUEST – Wayside's instant 30-day full content review

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

 

¡Felicidades!

 

Authentic Resources Are Accessible

New on the Blog: In a series of three blog posts, instructional strategist Debbie Espitia breaks down the best practices of incorporating authentic resources into lessons. Read her first two parts today, and subscribe to our language learning and teaching blog, Proficiency Talks, to get the third post automatically emailed to your inbox next Tuesday!.

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Authentic Resources are Delicious

New Video Episodes: Before Eduardo Rodriguez became a Wayside Language Solutions Specialist, he was riveting learners as a classroom teacher – and if you watch these cooking lessons, you will understand why! These entertaining demonstrations may inspire you, or your intermediate-advanced learners, to whip up a delicious example of an authentic dish!

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Authentic Resources are Deliberate

In the video series How We Wrote This, Wayside's Triangulo APreciado author Frank Masel breaks down the approach the authors took when creating this indispensable AP® Spanish program.

Frank Masel's study of World Language education includes a B.A. in Spanish with a French Minor from Berea College, and an M.A. in Teaching with a Concentration in Spanish Language from Eastern Kentucky University. His classroom experiences include teaching Spanish 1, 3, and AP® levels in Kentucky and Maryland, teaching English at a bilingual elementary school in Spain, and instructing college students as an adjunct professor.

Masel currently teaches a variety of levels of Spanish and French at Catonsville High School just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, he sponsors the high school's International Club and a service-learning club. Outside of the classroom, Masel is a Table Leader for the AP® Spanish Language and Culture exam.

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It could not be any easier. Just select your textbook interests, answer a few quick questions, and Boom! - you will receive a 30-day full content review!

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Ya Sabes September 2020

09-16-2020  All News, Authentic Resources, Heritage Language Learners, Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter, The Wayside Way, Teacher Resources, La Casa De Eduardo
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month! Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter


Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your classroom

Dear educators,

It's National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15)!

"Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana" is a period for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the US. We have some great resources to help celebrate!

  • Cook along with Wayside's very own Eduardo and Maurice
  • Read two well-timed blog posts - Beyond the piñatas, and We all speak a dialect 
  • Download our effective strategies for engaging heritage learners

¡Felicidades!
The Wayside Publishing Team

New! La Casa de Eduardo

MMmmm –MOFONGO!

Need to disconnect after a long day at school? Our team recommends cooking therapy, and just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month. Wayside is proud to launch a new cooking series, La Casa de Eduardo.

In this first episode, Eduardo – a former teacher turned Wayside Account Representative, teaches his remote colleague Maurice how to cook making the famous Mofongo de Puerto Rico (a popular side dish). Enjoy this step-by-step guide punctuated by plenty of banter. (Language: Spanish)

Want to cook along with the video at home? Grab the ingredients in advance!

Mofongo de Puerto Rico Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of vegetable oil for frying the plantain
  • 3 green plantains
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional garnish: Cilantro

Beyond the Piñatas

Renowned Spanish teacher and cofounder of #langchat on twitter, Diego Ojeda takes a hard look at Hispanic Heritage Month and encourages us to do better and move beyond the tacos and fiestas. 

We All Speak a Dialect

As learners listen to authentic resources or interact in the real world, they’re bound to hear different dialects. As Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Carson notes in her most recent blog post, “Just as it is important to respect students’ accents, so it is equally important to recognize and demonstrate respect for different dialects, including students’ home dialects.” Read more about her philosophy, and the research she bases it on, in this timely post.

Strategies for Engaging Heritage Learners

Wayside recognizes that students in North American classrooms come from increasingly diverse backgrounds, and that a growing number of them are heritage learners. These students may have varying levels of exposure to the target language and/or its cultures in their homes or communities. We can help! Be sure to download these effective strategies for engaging heritage learners.

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Best Blogs of 2019

12-31-2019  All News, Featured Post, The Wayside Way, Teacher Resources, Authentic Resources
Start off 2020 with ideas on how to refresh and renew your teaching from some of our most popular bloggers.  Subscribe to the Wayside blog

The best tips & ideas for your classroom

Hi educators,

Revisit some of our most popular blog posts from this past year and get tips & ideas that will help you refresh and renew your teaching practice in 2020. 

4 steps for refreshing your teaching & starting strong in 2020
By Elena Spathis
Teaching often seems like running a marathon—we train and prepare, we push ourselves, and we keep going no matter what the circumstances. Reaching the end-of-year “finish line” to winter break gives us the opportunity to pause, reflect, and recharge.

The power of authentic resources
By Ed Weiss
When there is a real task involving real materials for a real purpose, students discover the purpose and need for learning a language and subsequently staying with that language throughout their secondary years. 

Helping students overcome their fear of mistakes
By Elena Spathis
In order to see our students really use the language successfully and authentically, we must encourage risk-taking in our world language classrooms. 

Activities that help create a safe classroom space
By Angelika Becker
Investing the time early in the school year fosters a sense of community that helps with partner and group activities throughout the school year.

How fewer, intentional goals will make you a happier, better language teacher
By Meredith White
Less guilt, less stress, less sense of imposter syndrome, less to keep track of —fewer goals that are more specific and intentional end up being less to keep track of and think about.


Happy New Year and Happy Teaching,

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Ya Sabes - December 2019

Spanish Newsletter
12-16-2019  Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter, Teacher Resources, Authentic Resources
Christmas activities for your Spanish classroom and hang with us in the Teachers' Lounge.  Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter

Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your Spanish classroom

 

Hi educators,

Welcome to the latest issue of Ya sabes, your go-to source for everything you need to take your Spanish instruction to the next level. In this issue: 

  • Get ideas for new holiday activities from Diego Ojeda
  • Watch our Teachers' Lounge series
  • Download our presentation slides and handouts from ACTFL, along with our Classroom Expressions poster and free lesson plan

What would you like to read about? We'd love to hear from you!

¡Felicidades!

Holiday activities with a twist

Diego Ojeda is back on the blog this month with a rich well of resources for the last few weeks of school before the holiday break. Browse his ideas for classroom activities that help your students expand their cultural knowledge and deepen their vocabulary. 


 

New YouTube series: Teachers' Lounge

In our new YouTube playlist Teachers' Lounge, we talk to classroom teachers, thought-leaders, and trailblazers in the world of language education to get quick insights and fresh ideas. 

In our first few episodes we talk to Wayside digital specialist Jen Cornell about how a global perspective is crucial to language learning, and to Spanish teacher Lynette Williams who discusses how proficiency-based authentic communication can take the pressure off students to speak with perfection.

Free proficiency resources

We are always expanding our free resources that make your life in the classroom easier. Browse what's available: 

  • Classroom expressions handout to help keep your students in the target language
  • Free lesson plan
  • ICYMI: Handouts and slides from our ACTFL presentations


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