If you have never used poetry in class, this is a great place to start. I like using it in level 3 or 4 because the discussion is deeper but I have let level 2’s listen in the past and they have enjoyed it. I like this particular video but there are a lot of others available on YouTube. The first time I downloaded this I could swear that it said that the video was made with the voice of Neruda himself that the video creator had on an old audio book album. I lost all of my videos when I changed computers and I found the voice but in this video I don’t see anywhere that still says it is the real Pablo! 🙂 So maybe it never was… or maybe it really is. I think its a soothing voice either way!
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I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre" and "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." through TPRS Publishing. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com. View all posts by senoracmt