Useful resources for the elementary Spanish teacher

Often times, as teachers, we get so busy that we can find ourselves working in a vacuum trying to figure out everything on our own. This is not good. Teachers are most effective when they are able to collaborate and to receive support from professionals and colleagues in their field. We must remember that there are many useful organizations and resources out there for us.

I want to share with you some of the resources that have been a great help for me as an elementary Spanish teacher. Even if you have heard of these organizations and used their services before, I encourage you to visit them again. Sometimes one simple, new idea can give you renewed energy and enthusiasm for your teaching. This is not an exhaustive list, but these organizations and resources can steer you in the right direction for almost any question, concern, or issue you are experiencing as a foreign language educator.

www.nnell.org
The National Network for Early Language Learning (Nnell) is a great resource for all elementary language teachers. The mission of Nnell is to provide leadership in support of successful early language learning and teaching. The website contains many useful links for elementary Spanish teachers as well as lists of print resources, national organizations, and websites.

www.cal.org/earlylang/
This is the Nanduti website run by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). Nanduti is a comprehensive resource on foreign language teaching and learning in grades preK-8. It contains many useful links for elementary Spanish teachers. You can also sign up for their Nandu listserv where you can dialogue with other language teachers and receive immediate feedback from colleagues all over the country.

www.actfl.org
This is the website of The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). This is the big Kahuna. It contains many useful links to publications and organizations related to language teaching. From the website: ACTFL is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 9,000 foreign language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.

I would also invite you to contact me with any questions you might have about the Sonrisas curriculum or teaching Spanish in general. I have been teaching elementary Spanish for 15 years, and I would be happy to share my ideas and expertise with you.

Feliz Año Nuevo y buena suerte con todo,

Brooks Lindner
Sonrisas Spanish School

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