Monthly Archives: April 2012

Walter Solón-“La Conciencia Social del Arte”

Walter Solón Romero (1932-1999), a multi-faceted and prolific bolivian artist, believed in the power of art to transform the world.  During his lifetime he suffered imprisonment, torture, exile and the “disappearance” of his stepson.  His art reflects suffering and hope, … Continue reading

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Riesgolandia-a game about preventing environmental disasters

A fun way to integrate weather and geographical vocabulary while learning to prevent environmental disasters is to play Riesgolandia.  This board game was developed by UNICEF, the Red Cross, the Red Crescent and EIRD.  Color PDF files of the tablero, two … Continue reading

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VeoVerde: website review & activities

VeoVerde-el futuro es verde is full of articles, videos, maps, photographs on a variety of topics that could easily be mined for sustainability connections to curricular themes.  Below are just a few examples of what you can find. flora y … Continue reading

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el juego de pan: sustainable economics & fair trade

One good, authentic use of the target language is to role-play buying and selling:  it’s practical, communicative, engaging and puts into play a variety of grammatical strategies and vocabulary.  In addition, we can easily integrate cultural products and practices, such … Continue reading

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safe schools for all: LGBT & everybody

Maybe this has happened to you:  I remember in my first years of teaching two boys approached me, snickering, to ask if they could be a gay couple in the skits the students were creating about families.  Imagining the stereotype-filled … Continue reading

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TUNZA: una revista ecológica internacional para jóvenes y por jóvenes

Tunza is a magazine produced by UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program) and written by and for young people across the globe.  Each magazine, available on their web site in PDF format, focuses on a particular environmental theme addressed from a … Continue reading

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Imaginary trips: Be a responsible traveler

Many Spanish language programs at some point, at some level, assign students the task of taking an imaginary trip to a Spanish-speaking country.  It can be a great way to integrate language and culture.  On the other hand, sometimes these … Continue reading

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Ecopibes web site review & activities

Ecopibes is an Argentine web site dedicated to kids and ecology.  There are lots of ways to use this bursting-to-the-seams site.  Here are a few of theactivities I’ve done: *Under “Problemas y Relaciones” on the menu on the left of … Continue reading

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El Tiempo es Hoy

El Tiempo es Hoy is a music video produced by a variety of Peruvian singers, musicians and composers about the impact of climate change on rural Peru.  It was released just prior to the UN’s climate change conference in Copenhagen … Continue reading

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Getting around in the city

Las Franjas Blancas para peatones are a series of brief (some are 30 seconds) videos depiciting scenes from Lima, Perú in support of creating a more pedestrian friendly city.  The videos are captioned in Spanish and can be stopped to … Continue reading

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