Intercultural dialogue from day one in the language classroom

Here are some lesson plans and strategies I presented at the 3rd Symposium of Spanish as a Second Language (III Taller de ELE) at KU Leuven (June, 2015) on how to promote intercultural dialogue in the foreign language classroom. As you get settled for this new academic year, here are some ideas you might want […]

MOOCs: authentic content and intercultural exchange for LSP students

As language teachers, we promote language and cultural exchange programs among college and university students. However, for various reasons, the majority of students will not complete internships in foreign countries or study abroad programs during their college years. For this reason, universities need to develop international curricula and expand language and digital learning so that […]

How to introduce LSP content in basic language courses?

There is great controversy over whether Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) should be taught at the basic language levels. The truth is that teachers cannot anticipate which specific skills their students will need in the workplace or which specific work situation they will encounter. Students often don’t know that either so every academic course should […]

Professional Spanish in the basic levels

These are two great and simple articles to talk about personal traits, abilities and capabilities (something we usually cover in the basic language levels) and make connections with job search. The first article talks about the 10 most common words Spanish LinkedIn professionals use to describe themselves on their CVs. This is a great way […]

Linguee, useful online dictionary when writing in a foreign language

At the last Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Conference in Antwerp (July, 2014), Kris Buyse from KU Leuven presented a variety of strategies to support foreign language students during the writing process. Linguee is one of the tools he mentioned. I definitely think Linguee is worth sharing with your students. I have to say that […]

Twitter to talk about success and failure

I used some of these tweets with my Business Spanish classes. For more ideas on how to use Twitter with your students, check this post. Los 8 Secretos del Éxito, de 8 Grandes Emprendedores. ➜http://t.co/dosU2AMoPi | pic.twitter.com/kc7XNr5sEa — Nuevos Emprendedores (@NuEmprendedores) May 29, 2014 Inventa, reinventa y haz cosas nuevas todo el tiempo, es la […]

3 reflections before using Twitter for education

RT Teacher thoughts that are tweet worthy @carolinemlittle pic.twitter.com/GzzupFCAPc” #NT2t #edchat — Chanmi Chun (@mrschun) April 19, 2014 Whenever you decide to use a new edtech tool or social networking site in your classroom, you should ask yourself Why? Why using that particular tool? A message I’ll never forget from the recent #antwerpcall2014 conference (CALL: […]

Preparing students for the global workplace

NOBLE – Network of Business Language Educators – has put this series of webinars together for language for specific purposes teachers and professionals from different fields who support interdisciplinary studies: language, culture and specific disciplines. You can register for the webinars for free and the recordings will be available on YouTube shortly after the presentations. […]

Preparing students for a global community: Leadership & Language

Nice initiative from Rosetta Stone. They’re partnering with school districts in the US to offer an alternate, complementary method for teaching foreign languages, where students can work from home or independently in class – in work stations – and develop their language skills in a personalized way. They’re offering free webinars such as this one […]