Monday, April 28, 2008

Let's Learn Spanish Today! Pt. ll

Here's a quick schedule of my Spanish learning with Visual Link. For the 30 days I want to cover the following topics: a) Basic Needs b) Greetings c) Survival Expressions and d) Comprehension.

Basic Needs

Day One
1) Sección 1
a) Movie #1
b) Vocabulary #1
c) Verbal Quiz #1

Day Two
2) Sección 1a
a) Movie #2
b) Verbal Quiz #2

Day Three
3) Sección 1b
a) Movie #3
b) Vocabulary #2
c) Review Game - Group 1

Day Four
4) Sección 1b cont'd
a) Movie #4
b) Vocabulary #3
c) Review Game - Group 2
d) Verbal Quiz #3

Day Five
5) Sección 1c
a) Movie #5
b) Review Game - Group 3
c) Verbal Quiz #4

Day Six
6) a) Review Game - ?/Ans/Links
b) Practice Quiz

My schedule for the other topics will follow. I plan to start Monday, May 5. You could follow along to some extent with the free lessons they have.


Friday, April 25, 2008

Let's Learn Spanish Today!

I’m so excited about my blog. I’ve always loved keeping journals as a youngster. Writing about my day, my friends, my hopes was like a way of escape for me.

Anyway, I was looking over the Visual Link Spanish program website the other day to see what was new. I bought this program 5 or 6 years ago to help me learn Spanish again. I liked the program. It helped me learn Spanish in sentences.

I took a look at their guarantee again:

With approximately 30 minutes of study per day, become
conversational in 30 days - GUARANTEED.

“Yes, this is what I want!” I was immediately motivated to take them up on their promise. This time around I’ll have my blog and you visitors to help me stick with it. So along with posting my Spanish lesson plans for children, I’ll keep you posted about how I’m doing with this program.

Here’s a little background on where my spoken Spanish is. I don’t speak Spanish fluently. My Spanish vocabulary is very large, though. So I will admit that I probably know more Spanish words than average. However, when it comes to speaking, I’m not confident at all. My speech is slow, and I have a hard time understanding Spanish that’s spoken to me or played on T.V. I just know enough Spanish to teach my children different words and simple household phrases.

We had the ideal situation when Patricia, our former Spanish-speaking babysitter was around. I did not seize the opportunities to speak with her as much as I could have. My insecurity got the best of me.

And when I go to the corner store—they speak Spanish—the most I’ll say is “hola,” “Puedes ayudarme? (Can you help me?) and “gracias.” I told one of the guys there in Spanish (after much thought) that I want to learn Spanish but I’m shy. He said something about “poco,” then followed up in English with “one word at a time.”

I’m mentioning this just so you’ll have an idea of where I’m starting with this Visual Link Spanish program again. During the 30 days I’ll document what I’ve done each day for the 30 minutes. After the 30 days I’ll let you know how confident and conversational in Spanish I’ve become.

I'll need to come up with an assessment. Maybe I'll strike up a conversation with the Spanish-speaking store owner across the street. Or I could call my husband's friend's wife, she speaks Spanish.

Have any of you used this program? Tell us what you think about it.

Hasta luego!


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Raising Children to be Bilingual

A couple of days ago I posted a comment on a blog called Just me - It seemed like she was keeping a blog as a school assignment, but her research topic was how to raise her son to be bilingual in Spanish and English.

I jumped in to add my two-cents worth, but I was astounded by how much I had to say about the topic. My comment was longer than her post-LOL. I guess with at least 6 years worth of researching, teaching and learning Spanish with my own children, I had a lot of information to draw from.

I hope that you too gain a lot from my experience teaching my children Spanish.

Posting has been put to the side a bit because I'm still working on my website. I truly believe that English-speaking parents can teach their children Spanish with dedication and the right mix of resources. It's totally worth it to lay a firm foundation in your child's life for acquiring a second language.

Hasta luego


Thursday, April 10, 2008

No Harm in Learning Two Languages

Researchers: No harm in learning two languages
by Susan Knapp

Laura-Ann Petitto, Professor in Dartmouth's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
In bilingual children, brain develops as though there were two language centers

A Dartmouth research team has determined that children exposed to two languages early in life are not language delayed, nor are they language confused, which fuels the scientific and political debate over when to introduce children to a second language.

Laura-Ann Petitto, Professor in Dartmouth's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Department of Education, and Dartmouth graduate student Ioulia Kovelman, report their findings at the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting, Nov. 2–7, in Orlando, Fla."

(Read more)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

New Resource of Spanish Lesson Plans for Children!

Hi everybody!

I took some time from my blog because I've been working real hard on my new website.

The site showcases the eBook resource I've created to help English-speaking parents teach their children Spanish.

Basically, I've compiled 6 of the lesson plans that I've done with my children and made it available in eBook form. In another 3-4 months, I plan have another 4 lessons available.

Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. And sign up for our monthly e-newsletter Spanish Time! where you'll get muchas ideas to help you and your family keep up the Spanish fun.

¡Hasta luego!