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Useful websites

This is our blog which contains many useful articles related to teaching elementary Spanish as well as our posts about what's going on with our elementary Spanish classes. It can be a valuable source of ideas and inspiration. We invite you to read and comment. We would love to hear from you!

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. It contains many useful links for elementary Spanish teachers.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (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.

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 email list which provides support and community for elementary language teachers.

Reviews of the Sonrisas Spanish Curriculum and Spanish teaching tips geared toward highschool, elementary, and preschool Spanish.

Spanish Playground is a source of supplemental material, activities, songs, and games. You will find recommendations of music and books. There are also links to authentic language activities which are appropriate for, or can be adapted to, Spanish language learners.

Stay at home mom and 2nd grade teacher Tracey Masters reviews the Sonrisas Spanish Curriculum and how she is using it to teach homeschool Spanish to her daughter. In depth blogging and discussion about homeschooling and using Sonrisas in a homeschool setting.

Thousands of resources for elementary Spanish including supplies for decorating your classroom.

Articles and Whitepapers

This article was published in the Spring 2010 edition of "Learning Languages: The Professional Journal of the National Network for Early Language Learning". Written by Sonrisas co-founder Blue Lindner, the article discusses how elementary language teachers can use their students' senses to engage the imagination and give them a cultural experience rather than simply teaching them about culture. Click here to read the article.