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Antolog

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site contains literature in Spanish in the form of poems and fables that can be used a reading material for intermediate to advanced students. The Poesia section contains poems from authors like Rafael Alberti, Federico Garcia Lorca, Quevedo, Lope de Vega, Antonio Machado and Gabriela Mistral among others. The Fabulas section has access to fables written by Tomas de Iriarte and by the renowned Felix Maria Samaniego. Finally, the Otros Servicios section features links to other sites, games, Spanish poetry, etc. Start by visiting the fables for Felix Maria Samaniego who is a famous Spanish literature writer. Be aware of this site contains links to other sites that should be verified before using them in class.

Artes e Historia de M

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Recommended because it provides a very comprehensive collection of resources that can be used to teach contemporary Mexican culture. This site is divided in the following sections: anthropology and history, architecture, art, photography, movies, dances, music, theatre, literature and museums. It also features the editorial comment, the weekly cultural specials and the news section. Start by visiting the Literature section for reading materials and also visit the Photography section in order to learn more about Mexico through pictures. Be aware of most of the content is available after signing up for a free subscription. Some selected content, specially in the data bank, is only accessible through a paid subscription.

Atando cabos: A Complete Program in Intermediate Spanish

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this book emphasizes on language interaction and communication. Students will learn how to express and negotiate meaning using specific Hispanic culture contexts. The chapters address different topics of interest such as: the environment, the Hispanic presence in the U.S, identity, Mexican muralists, technology, and more. Significance of culture and interpersonal communication in Spanish are the main purposes of this book. Be aware of of the fact that students need to be in an intermediate level of the language.

Citation: Rosso-O’Laughlin & Marta & Gonz Upper Saddle River, N.J. Pearson Prentice Hall.

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Centro Virtual Cervantes

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its well documented contents about the Spanish language and culture which is suitable for different levels of Spanish ranging from beginners to advanced. Topics and materials include a section called oteador for searches on categories like Language, Literature, Dictionaries, Art and Culture, Libraries, Editorials, Philosophy, Media, Academic world and Public institutions. A section called Actos Culturales is dedicated to Spanish cultural references like biographies, tales, expositions, museums, movies and places. Another section called Aula de lengua contains reading materials, teaching activities in Spanish (Dictared), interactive online educational material and interactive vocabulary. Start by visiting the original edition of Spanish tale, Raton Perez located in the cultural section, which can be used as reading material with a hint of culture and tradition. For multicultural education review the Historias de debajo de la luna useful to learn and teach Spanish through students views from different countries that live in Spain. Be aware of the fact that it is necessary to register in order to participate in virtual conversation forums like the Foro Didactico dedicated to Spanish language teachers, Foro del espa

Child Soldiers

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This UNICEF page describes how child soldiers are being integrated back into society in Chad.  There are also links on the right side for additional information and articles related to the situation of child soldiers in Chad.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Collection of Videos in Spanish

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it is a cultural insight into the Spanish culture through a series of videos that describe different aspects of life in Spain. This is a good material for intermediate and advance students. The Oficios Perdidos collection shows several occupations from the past; the Fogones Tradicionales show the preparation of traditional recipes; La Espa

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Cuentos Espa

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Recommended because its excellent collection of 13 short stories written by some of the most important Spanish and Latin American writers between the 16th century to contemporary times like Miguel de Cervantes, Pedro Antonio de Alarc

Citation: Flores, Angel Dover Publications Inc., New York, NY (2000) ISBN: 0-486-25399-6

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Cuentos f

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Recommended because of its collection of Spanish and Indigenous fables and description of traditions of 20 countries across 500 years of history from colonial times until recent years. It is the first anthology that represents the folkloric tradition of Latin America.

Citation: Bierhorst John. (2002). New York: Pantheon Books.

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Cultura e intercultura en la ense

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of the great variety of articles about Spanish teaching using cultural contexts. The use of the Internet, intercultural activities, use of hispanic newspapers, and cultural practices are some topics suggested in this site to teach language and culture. Start by the Secciones which present articles about cultural manifestions and the importance to develop not only linguistic competence but also cultural competence. The Manifestaci

Cyberschoolbus

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Recommended because Cyberschoolbus is a United Nations global education project.  It provides a wealth of information for educators on the world and its issues. There is a link for purchasing publications in many languages, but also free curriculum resources for educators K-12.  Start with the curriculum links to locate free resources for each global education curriculum topic.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.


Descubrir el Per

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Recommended because this cultural and historical resource can also be used as reading material for intermediate to advanced level students. It provides an extensive set of pages with information and pictures about the Peruvian past and present eras, depicting different ethnic groups. El Per

Don Quijote

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this video can be used as a good cultural resource for advanced level students who want to learn about classic Spanish literature. The movie is based in Don Quixote which is one of the most famous novels written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, an important writer from the XVI century. Start by visiting the Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site to learn more about this video. Be aware of the fact that this video contains classic Spanish spoken in the province of Castilla in the XVI century and can be a little challenging to students.

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El Comercio.com

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is a very useful reading resource for intermediate to advanced level students. El Comercio, from Lima, is the oldest and most respected newspaper in Peru. The online version of this newspaper also provides access to most of the sections from the printed version. This web site is structured in the following sections: Politics, News from Lima, News from Peru, World News, Sports, Economy, Culture and Shows, Editorials, Forums, Opinions and Humor. The last section provides articles about Education, Travel, Social Events, Gastronomy, Pets, Technology and Health. It also provides a section in Spanish for the PC World magazine and the Sunday paper. Start by visiting the cultural section that provides access to virtual art galleries and description of current cultural events. Then continue reading the articles from the Dominical section that is one of the main features of the Sunday paper. Be aware of there are many sections and articles that change on daily basis although they can be located using the Archivos section that provides access to past editions.

El Mercurio.com

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Recommended because this is a useful resource suitable for intermediate to advanced students. El Mercurio from Santiago in Chile is one of the most known newspapers in Latin America and it is now available online through this web site. It is grouped in sections like the Editorial, National news, International news, Economy & Business, Sports, Social Life, Society, Cultural Activity, Shows, Internet, Science & Technology, etc. Start by visiting the Sociedad and Actividad Cultural sections that contain articles about daily live activities and cultural events. Be aware of all links to sections and articles are date-driven and therefore they have the date embedded into the URL. This is useful for keeping track of the articles over time because their link will not change. However, the little disadvantage for this style is that it is not possible to have generic URLs for a specific section like cultural activities for instance.

ePals: Classroom Exchange

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Recommended because ePals allows students K-12 to connect with peers around the world through a global social learning network.  Educators looking to collaborate internationally on projects for their classrooms can find specific information links from the homepage- geographically or topically.  Be aware that registration is required, but access is free.  This website also provides a safe, secure learning environment for students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Espejo de Escritores

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it is an interesting cultural and language material for advanced level students. These series of videos contains several videotaped interviews and readings of contemporary Hispanic writers like Carlos Fuentes, Luis Rafael Sanchez, Juan Rulfo, Angel Rama, Julio Cort

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Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is an international classroom for exploring the problems of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. Lesson plans and materials included in this site are provided for each of three school levels: primary, intermediate, and secondary. The lessons have been directed towards the middle of the developmental skills range for each level. Please be sure to click on titles of each lesson for more detailed explanations. In addition to lessons of teaching hunger, this site also includes links of sites of global education and world hunger. Start with the Youth Window for resources on Hunger. Be aware of the fact that this site contains an interactive forum for exchanging ideas. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Garabato

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Recommended because this is an interesting resource to practice reading and listening skills, especially for children from basic to advanced level. The Almacen de Cuentos section contains an alphabetically sorted list of children tales in Spanish. The web site also features links to listen to recorded tales, download programs that interactively play some tales and download images from famous tales. The Mas literatura infantil section contains fables, theatre, poetry, proverbs, riddles, tongue twisters and songs for children. Start by visiting the

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

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Recommended because it is a global science education site. GLOBE is a partnership between schools, colleges & universities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and 95 other countries. The purpose of this partnership is engage students in the scientific study of the environment through research-based initiative and activities that focus on advocacy and the training of future researchers for industry, academia, and government. Start with the Teachers Guide link for education resources. This site is an excellent resource for science teachers!  Be aware this site is especially useful for educators of elementary and secondary students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Global Voices

Posted by: globaledadmin on Saturday, February 4, 2012

Recommended because Global Voices is an online community of bloggers around the world who are not part of the international mainstream media.  Representing “average” citizens around the world, Global Voices allows perspectives to be shared, encourages freedom of expression, and advocates for the protection of free speech rights. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Gram

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its display of Spanish practicas, grammar rules, online dictionaries, and useful links. The language rules and exercises focus on structures that can be difficult for students like subjuntivo, genero, pronombres, usos de por & para. The Cultura section is a great introduction to Latin America, Spain, and Hispanic American literature. Topics and materials include sections for grammar rules, exercises, culture, online and computer programs. Start by looking at the Ejercicios en la red to get familiar with the great number of online Spanish practices. Click on Recursos en la red to start an interesting journey in the Hispanic culture. Be aware of the fact that links like Internenes (ejercicios en la red) can take some minutes to download. You might need a high speed bandwidth.

Green Teacher

Posted by: globaledadmin on Sunday, February 5, 2012

Recommended because Green Teacher publishes a magazine dedicated to helping educators incorporate environmental and global education in their classrooms.  This site also highlights webinars for educators, and resource books written for students of different ages K-12.  Start by browsing their free magazine online, then explore links to additional resources. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Gu

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because its description about Mexico that can be used as a cultural resource for intermediate to advanced level students. The la ciudad section contains an overview description of the city and its history. The section called de visita has a collection of links about places to visit in the city, the acci

Hist

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because these books contain a collection of traditional legends that can be used as reading material for intermediate and advanced students. These legends can also be used as historical and cultural resources for learning about traditions in Mexico, Spain and several Latin American countries. An interesting feature about this series of books is the side by side bilingual transcription of these legends in English that allows the reader to have a better understanding and therefore a better learning of Spanish. Start by reading the Appendix and Vocabulary section that contains concepts and word definitions which are very useful to learn before reading the book. Be aware of the fact that the readings contain some vocabulary specific to the country where the legend was originated and some of the Mexican legends are up to 500 years old.

Citation: Barlow, Genevieve and Stivers, William N. and Muckley Robert L. Series: Side by site bilingual books (1995), (1999), (1995), (1998) The McGraw-Hill companies. ISBN: 0844208116, ISBN: 0844204994, ISBN: 0844208124, ISBN: 0844204021

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International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a global network of civil society organizations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, which is composed of a wide range of organizations concerned with small arms, including policy development organizations, national gun control groups, research institutes, aid agencies, faith groups, victims, human rights and community action organizations. Topics and materials include women and guns, arms brokers, production of small arms, child soldiers, arms trade controls and many others. Recommended for high school students. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Jorge el Curioso

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is a series of tales that English speaking children are familiar with. It was translated into Spanish from the famous Curious George tales and it is an easy reading material for elementary students with nice illustrations. Children who have read these short tales English can easily make connections when reading the Spanish version. Be aware of the fact this book does not have any words in English nor it has a translation or vocabulary section.

Citation: Rey, H.A. (1990) Editorial: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston ISBN: 0-395-17075-3

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La Naci

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is a website of the traditional Argentinean newspaper, La Naci

La Navidad Latina: Costumbres, Recetas, Villancicos Navide

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Recommended because it can be used as a cultural and reading material for Spanish students at intermediate and advanced level. It contains descriptions of Christmas celebrations across countries in Latin America. La Navidad section includes descriptions of Christmas

La otra cara de Am

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Recommended because it provides an insight view of how documented and non-documented Hispanic immigrants perceive the United States. It is a valuable book to be used as a reading material for advanced students who are interested in learning first-hand testimonies about problems and prejudice experiences by Hispanic immigrants while trying to obtain proper documentation, jobs, and improve their lives in their way to achieve the American dream Start by reading the section where the author presents valid arguments against very common misconceptions around the negative presence of Hispanics in the US by affecting the welfare system, the social security system, the draining of the US economy by taking jobs away from U.S. Citizens, etc. Be aware of the fact that this book might be controversial and should be presented in an open discussion setting where students can exchange their viewpoints about this subject.

Citation: Ramos, Jorge Editorial Grijalbo S.A., Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico, D.F.(2001) ISBN: 970-05-1220-7

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LANIC

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because LANIC stands for the Latin American Network Information Center, and is an incredible clearinghouse of information. The maps page supplies regional overviews and country maps. This is a VERY large site, however its alphabetized listing make it easy to use. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Latin American Network Information Center

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Recommended because it provides a vast collection of links to web sites related to Latin America and grouped in different categories which can be used as cultural resources. The Paises category groups different countries according to the region (South America, Central America, North America and The Caribbean). Bibliotecas y Referencias provides access to libraries, directories, portals, maps, archives, museums and other references about Latin America. Ciencias Naturales has a list of resources on astronomy, Health and Medical sciences and Natural Sciences. Ciencias Sociales gathers resources on anthropology and archeology, political sciences, economy, history, etc. Comunication y Medios has a list of resources on Movies, Media, Photography, Journalism, Radio and TV networks. Cultura y Sociedad provides links to Folklore, Human Rights, Indigenous communities, Religion, etc. Desarrollo Sustentable collects resources on Agriculture, Development and Environment. Diversi

Latino/Chicano History and Society: Latino Influences on the United States. (1998). TMW Media Group.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of the Latino/Chicago history and community in the United States and how it has reshaped and influenced the culture, language, and even food of this country. The video addresses issues of prejudice and discrimination and help students to finds ways to live in a multicultural world. Be aware of the fact that the video is in English Original, and the running time is 20 minutes. Recommended for students in grades 7-12.

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Latinoam

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this web site contains information and links about Latin American culture which will be very useful to teach cultural issues and practice reading skills for intermediate to advanced students. The Noticias section contains articles about recent Latin American events. The Contenido section provides a sitemap of this web site. The Proyectos describe ongoing contests and projects sponsored by the Latinoamerica.org. The Nuestros Objetivos section contains links to the vision, benefits and values shared among the members of this organization. Finally, the Ultimos Escritos provides an interesting collection of articles that illustrate cultural elements and view points from Latin America. Start by visiting the paises integrantes that contains the flags of Latin American countries. Click on the flag to access the lyrics and music for the national anthems. Be aware of this web site is sponsored by a non-government organization and some of the articles express a political position. Teachers can use these articles to encourage discussions about political and cultural view points.

Learn Spanish

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Recommended because of its online classes, references, online quizzes, online tests and oral exercises suitable for students and teachers at beginning and intermediate levels. Topics and materials in this web site include a Pronunciation section with audio plays for different vowels, consonants, intonations and diphthongs. The Grammar section is divided into eight units that describe the usage of gender in nouns, cardinal numbers, plural forms of nouns, definite and indefinite, ser and estar verbs, etc. The vocabulary section includes words associated to scenarios like bathroom, plants, kitchen, animals, etc. The verb drills section describes and contains self-quizzes for the conjugation of regular and irregular verbs and different tenses like present, preterit, imperfect and subjunctive. The site also includes other resources which are very useful including the idiom generator for Spanish expressions, top-ten list of idiomatic expressions, online translators and links to external resources. Start by registering as a free student/teacher and visit the getting started section for students and/or teachers that explain the resources and curriculum offered by this site. Visit also the Suggested Order of Study to follow a structured agenda to visit the learning resources hosted in this site. Be aware of this site offers additional resources to premium members that subscribe on monthly basis or purchase the class collection in CDs.

Lengua y cultura

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Recommended because its cultural contents related to the Spanish language useful for advanced level students. This site provides a variety of articles that can be used as reading materials starting with a list of languages spoken in Spain, Castellano and the linguistic origins and influences of other languages used in the Iberia peninsula. The site includes links for short descriptions of historic phases starting on the primitive cultural manifestations of the peninsula, continuing with the Roman empire, Medieval age, Renaissance, the Golden Century, Baroque, Illustration, Romanticism and the Modern era. It also includes sections about post war and Spanish culture in the Contemporary era. Start by visiting the link related to Lenguas habladas en Espa

Lenguaje.com: El sitio de la ingenier

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Recommended because its variety of tools and references for intermediate and advanced students which are listed under the Herramientas section that includes spell checking, synonyms and antonyms, cross language synonyms (English-Spanish), verb conjugation, word partition into syllables, and Flexionador. The resources section contains links to virtual libraries to literature and dictionaries, questions and Answers in Spanish about orthography, literature, peculiarities about the Spanish language and dictionaries for slang idiomatic expressions. Start by visiting the Pruebe su Espa

Mundo Maya Online

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Recommended because of its useful description of Mayan culture including an explanation of the Calendar, water mountains, and the meaning of the Mayan universe. Topics and materials include archeology, nature, articles on daily lives, history, handcrafts, legends, and several other notes around the Mayan culture. Start by looking at Que es el Mundo Maya which will take you to a map with a scrolling description about the Mayan culture, its past and present, and its location in the Yucatan peninsula. In the Daily Life section you will find interesting articles about cults, music, traditions, and rituals of the Mayan people. Be aware of the fact that the first link En busca del tiempo Maya can take some time to download. You might need a high speed connection service.

Ortograf

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Recommended because of its detail explanation of grammar punctuation, interactive exercises, and its dictation section. Topics and materials included in this web site are rules and audio-exercises. It has sections that explain about the Acentos en espa

Perspectivas Culturales de Hispanoam

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because of its cultural contents about Latin American countries that can be used as reading material for advanced students. The book easily describes the historical and socio political elements which through history have influenced Latin America culture. It is a very good source of information including some statistics, pictures and descriptions of political and cultural events including current social movements and indigenous movements. Start by reading the second part of the book, Hispanoam

Citation: Kattan-Ibarra, Juan Hyperion Books.(1989) ISBN: 0844272035

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Proyecto Sherezade: Cuentos de autores de todo el mundo de habla hispana

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides reading materials in the form of short tales which are useful for intermediate to advanced students. These tales represent a very good resource for Hispanic culture because they are the result of contributions from authors across most Spanish speaking countries. Each monthly edition provides two or three tales and then they are archived in the Cuentos Anteriores section where the user can search them by month, country or author. Start by visiting the “Cuentos para aprender espa

Radio programas del Per

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Recommended because it gives the latest updates in local and international news and represents the web version of a radio news broadcast station from Lima, Peru. It is very useful to practice reading and listening skills for intermediate to advanced students. The main section contains news updates, National news, International news, Politics, Economy, Sports, Shows, Religion, Weather and Specials. It also provides links to additional services like Health questions and newsletter subscriptions. Start by visiting the audio section where students can listen to the live broadcast in Spanish in Escuchar. It also contains audio recordings from some previous programs and interviews. Be aware of some of the live and recorded programs might not be suitable to all audiences and require teachers supervision for specific sections.

Rainforest Action Network

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Recommended because it provides information on corporate relationships with the rainforest, human rights of those impacted by the rain forest, benefits and disadvantages of energy use regarding the environment, and resources for teachers and students. Start with Get Involved, and Resources sections.  Also see Rainforest Heroes section for primary student resources. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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Rutas Tur

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Recommended because of its virtual tours to countries members of the Andean Community (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela). It can be used as a cultural resource and reading material for intermediate to advanced students. The rutas section has a list of links to colonial cities, archeological routes, national parks, Andean snow peaks, beaches, cultural expressions, and museums. The noticias section includes news and a calendar of activities for tourists. Finally, the novedades, and the ruta del mes provides links to new and recommended sites. Start by visiting the rutas and then the ciudades coloniales, rutas arquelogicas, parques nacionales, cumbres andinas, etc. Take a look at the paises section to read about countries that are members of the Andean Community. Be aware of this resource is only a section of the web site for the Andean Community where you can find more information about this organization and its members.

Sal

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Recommended because it provides a large and comprehensive collection of language and culture. Even though this site was designed for Spanish speaking children it contains materials that are useful for teaching Spanish at basic and intermediate levels. The link Espa

Schools of the World

Posted by: globaledadmin on Sunday, February 5, 2012

Recommended because Schools of the World programs include email pen pals, schools around the world (including photos, blogs, and general information), forums for discussion, and other interactive features for students and educators looking for international communication exchange opportunities.  Be aware that while this site is moderated, it is possible for students to share or receive information deemed questionable. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Spanish Grammar Exercises

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because its extensive grammar exercises useful for beginners to advanced students. The Study Modules combines grammar exercises with topics and songs . The quick link selector allows you to access a long list of interactive exercises grouped by grammar concepts which also include audio files. The what is new section includes a list of site updates, news, and new activities posted in the web site. Start by visiting the divi

The Globalization Website

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Recommended because because it provides links to a large amount of globalization resources. The site links to organizations, books, people, issues, theories, and a glossary. The site also links to other megasites, data sources, non-English sites (German, French, and Spanish). Start with General Links. and Data Sources (which are categorized by country or issue).  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The Hispanic Americans

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this collection can be used as a cultural resource for intermediate to advanced level students. The collection contains 7 videos that depict different areas around the presence and lives of the Hispanic American community in the United States. Latin and African Americans: Friends or Foes? discusses about the social tension between the Latin and African American communities in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. Hispanic Education at the Crossroads shows the journal of Hispanic children across the U.S. educational system and also discusses topics around bilingual education. The Changing role of Hispanic Women shows how Hispanic women are moving from traditional roles like mother and housewife to leading professionals, entrepreneurs, business woman, etc. It discuses related subjects like the machismo and an interesting examination of the men perspectives on these changes. Hispanics in the Media shows the struggle that Latinos face in the Media industry. Hispanic Americans: The Second Generation examines the adaptation process of immigrants second generation into American cultural mainstream. Start by visiting the Films for Humanities & Sciences web site to learn more about this video collection. Be aware of the fact that this video collection is in English and should be followed by class activities in Spanish.

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The People and Places of Mexico

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Recommended because this video can be used as a cultural resource about Mexico. In the first volume of this series the director, anthropologist Dr. Merry, takes you to different places in Mexico including the main square, cathedral, presidential palace, the Aztec ruins of Tencochtitlan, Plaza of Three Cultures, Basilica of Virgin of Guadalupe, Chapultepec park, Maximillians castle, Museum of archeology and finally the Xochimilco. The second volume describes the visit to Oaxaca valley, known for the preparation of the mescal and its black pottery; and to the silver city of Taxco and Acapulco. Along the way the video shows the local people and traditions. Start by visiting the Rotten Tomatoes web site to learn more about this video. Be aware of this video is English and should be followed in class by some activities in Spanish.

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The Usborne Book of Everyday Words in Spanish.

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Recommended because it provides a list of widely used words in beginners level Spanish and useful for elementary school students. It is designed to help children expand their Spanish vocabulary by association to images displayed in the book, which are grouped by themes like La Familia, La Ciudad, La Calle, La Casa, El jardin, etc. There is a word list section at the end of the book including the translation in English and it also features a Spanish pronunciation section. Start by visiting the book at any place of interest avoiding the vocabulary section located at the end of the book since this will help students learn the Spanish words by association to familiar images and by the theme in which they are grouped. Be aware of the fact that this book is limited to 500 basic words in Spanish.

Citation: Litchfield, Jo (1999) Editorial Usborne Publishing Ltd. London ISBN: 07460-27729

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The Usborne Picture dictionary in Spanish.

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Recommended because it provides an easy and graphical strategy (over 1300 pictures) for teaching Spanish at beginners level, especially for Elementary School students. The book contains sections like Graphical Dictionary, Colors and Shapes, Numbers, Days and Months, Seasons, Family words, Words we use a lot, Using (this, these, one, some, all), Making Sentences, Making Questions, Negative Sentences, using (to, from) and other place words, Verbs and a Vocabulary section at the end of the book. An interesting feature is that you can listen to a Spanish native speaker pronouncing the words used in this book. Take a look at the publishers web site; www.usborne-quicklinks.com, and search for Spanish picture dictionary. Start by reading the first section, Using your dictionary, for instructions on how to get the most from this book. Be aware of the fact that you will need to supervise your students when accessing the books web site since it also hosts links to other resources and contents published by Usborne.

Citation: Brooks & Mackinnon (2002) Editorial Usborne Publishing Ltd. London ISBN: 0-7945-0307-1

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this museum, located in Washington, DC, provides comprehensive history, database, photos, stories, and maps about Nazi holocaust. Topics and materials included in this site are resources for teachers (on-line workshop, exemplary lessons, and resource book) and students (on-line activities, encyclopedia, and learning site) discussing holocaust. In addition to Jewish, this site also covers holocaust history of other groups such as Roma (Gypsies), the handicapped, Slavic people (Poles, Russians, and others), Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s witnesses, and homosexuals. Be aware of the useful information that through learning center, other issues related to holocaust such as refugees, Nazi camps, forced labors, Mosaic victims, Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units), rescue, and war crime trials, etc. are also included. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Video Visits

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is collection provides a video trip across Spain and Latin American countries. Each video begins with a geographical description followed by a summary of historical events, mostly starting with pre-Hispanic times and following with contemporary years. It also describes the local culture and customs (traditional dances, attires, food, feasts, etc.) and situates these descriptions according to the original context setting. Start by visiting the Travel Video Store web site, click on an interactive map and find the country that you would like to get information. Be aware of the fact that this video collection is in English and should be followed by class activities in Spanish.

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Web-Compjugador

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of the interactive tools that allows the user to conjugate thousands of verbs in Spanish and its definition of a different verb constructions. Topics and materials in this site include a database and an interactive online section that allows the user to conjugate up to 10000 different verbs. This application is capable of conjugating regular and irregular verbs, as well as pronominal verbs. Start by testing this application submitting common used verbs and validating the correct conjugation clicking on Conjuga. Check the Insitituto de verbolog