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Sonrisas’ Blue Lindner publishes article in Nnell journal

Hello elementary Spanish bloggers. I have some exciting news. Sonrisas co-founder, Blue Lindner, has published an article in “Learning Languages” the professional journal of the National Network for Early Language Learning (Nnell). For those of you that don’t know Nnell, it is an invaluable resource for educators, parents and policymakers advocating for K-8 programs of excellence in second language education. Nnell’s mission is to provide leadership in support of successful early language learning and teaching.

“Learning Languages”, the journal of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL), serves the profession by providing a medium for the sharing of information, ideas, and concerns among teachers, administrators, researchers, and others interested in the early learning of World languages.

Blue’s article is entitled “Eat, Drink, Play, Discover: Engaging the Imagination Through the Senses to Discover Spanish-speaking Cultures” and is published in the Spring 2010 issue (Volume 15, Issue 2) of “Learning Languages” which came out just this last month. In her article Blue discusses how a teacher can use her students’ senses to engage their imaginations in order to give them a cultural experience rather that just teaching them about culture. She also points out that teaching culture in this way actually addresses the standards more deeply than simply teaching about culture.

I am quite proud of Blue and her article. Not only is she my business partner and wife, but she is also an excellent writer. Some of the articles in “Learning Languages” can be pedagogically overwhelming, but Blue’s article is well-written, easy to read, and interesting. I think that in the world of elementary language teaching we are definitely seeing a shift in focus on the importance of teaching culture and its effectiveness in teaching language.

If you would like to read Blue’s article, click here, or you can go to Nnell’s website and inquire about receiving a copy of “Learning Languages.” Unfortunately they do not publish it online yet.

After reading the article, leave us a comment and let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you!

—Brooks Lindner

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