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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the Spanish Classroom

For all you Spanish teachers out there, Oct. 15th-Nov. 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are 10 fun, classroom activities to teach your students about the 21 Hispanic countries and famous Hispanics. Read more…


Spanish and French Classroom Games

I love using games in my Spanish and French classroom. It’s always fun to spice up language class and get students out of their seats and moving around. Active learning is so much better than sitting and listening to a lecture. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Spanish (and French) language games to play in the classroom. Here goes . . .
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Spanish Lesson Plans to Spice Up the Subjunctive


Mexican guitarist playing Spanish music.

Arrggg . . . teaching the Spanish subjunctive is just so tedious and students never get it! This post is for all you Spanish teachers out there who dread teaching the subjunctive. I took the trickiest thing to teach in Spanish and spiced it up with some fun games, songs, and internet activities. I also created handouts that clarify difficult grammar points and explain the formation in simple terms.

One of the activities that works best in my classroom is Read more…


Spicing Up French and Spanish Adjectives

After reviewing French or Spanish adjectives with my students, I like to add in a fun activity at the end to get them reading, writing, and speaking, while learning about famous Francophones and famous Hispanics.  We play a game called 20 Questions.   Read more…

Spanish Valentine's Day, French Valentine's Day, Día de los enamorados, le jour de la Saint-Valentín

Spanish Valentine’s Day, French Valentine’s Day, Día de los enamorados, le jour de la Saint-Valentin

Valentine’s Day, Día de los enamorados, le jour de la Saint-Valentin is coming up soon. I LOVE teaching on this day – so much fun to incorporate French and Spanish love expressions into your classroom and to make even the mopiest of kids have a great day. Here are my 10 favorite ways to ensure the cheesiest, sappiest, funniest, most memorable Valentine’s Day ever! Read more…


Breaking Down Foreign Stereotypes

This is a fun first week of school activity for your world language students.  Divide the students into small groups and ask them to make a list of all the stereotypes that they can think of for the countries that they are studying.

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First Week of School in the World Language Classroom

Welcome to The World Language Café blog!  If you love languages, teaching, and learning about other cultures, this is the blog for you.   I’m so excited to share language teaching tips, lessons I’ve learned from raising my kids bilingually (as a non-native speaker), and travel stories.

One of the first things I like to do the first week of school in my classroom is to ask my students, “Why are you studying a language?”  Read more…


Class Mascot Lesson Plan

Here’s a fun idea for any world language classroom – it’s amazing how having your own kids in school inspires you. Got this class mascot idea from my daughter’s kindergarten class.
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Danza de los Voladores de Papantla

Danza de los voladores   Check out this video that I took at Xcaret (a park near Playa del Carmen, Mexico) of the Danza de los Voladores de Papantla, (Dance of the Flyers).

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