Category Archives: cultural awareness

¡Mi familia es de otro mundo!

A couple of years ago I was asked to help produce some lesson plans for around celebrating and exploring diversity and enabling everyone to be themselves without fear of discrimination.*  As part of this I did some research into books in Spanish that would be suitable for this purpose. One of the plans I wrote was […]

Así eran los romanos (Sabelotodo)

The other book I purchased at Foyles belongs to the series Sabelotodo which translates as Knowitall or Smartypants. I was torn between two books, this one and one about dinosaurs. In the end I chose this one as the other book I bought was about dinosaurs. You can see a couple of images from the dinosaur one […]

¡Ponchos!

Thanks to Vicky Cooke for sharing this lovely image this morning and the luxury of a train journey to London and back on which it write this post! Whilst Intercultural Understanding (ICU) is no longer an explicit section of the Languages Programme of Study, it opens with the following words: Learning a foreign language is a […]

Non-fiction texts – Arts

Following on from my last post about a couple of non-fiction books I bought in Bilbao, I’ve decided to share some other non-fiction texts that I’ve collected over time. In fact, I’ve concluded that I need to do it in several posts as there are quite a few, so here is part one which includes […]

Rompecabezas y naipes.

On my trips to Spain I’m always in search of a bargain! I’ve recently not had much luck finding ‘Poundland’ type shops, nor the equivalent of a Swiss brocki but this time I came across a 1 euro shop down one of the Siete Calles in Bilbao. Disappointingly there were no books, and unfortunately I […]

Guernica – Speaking to mankind

I’ve been asked to share the following project to ensure that as many people as possible hear about it and have the opportunity to participate. I wish I was a teenager again as I think I’d have jumped at the chance!   GUERNICA: SPEAKING TO MANKIND “Guernica is to painting what Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is […]

La lotería de Navidad

For many, Christmas in Spain really starts today with El Gordo, the special lottery draw. The prize is big and, unlike other lotteries, it is not won by a single person but shared amongst thousands of people. Also, unlike other lotteries,  the numbers are sung by school children as you can see in this clip from […]

#PracPed15 – Using technology to enhance Primary Language Learning

My session at the wonderful Practical Pedagogies conference centred around the use of technology to enhance Primary Language Learning. Key points I made included: technology is not  just for the pupils but also for the teacher; it is just one tool we have to use; it is not always the best tool for the job. I […]

ModernLanguages, ModernTeaching – Making Links

My second session was all about cross curricular language learning; how languages support other areas of the curriculum like literacy and maths as well as how languages can be taught in conjunction with and through other subjects and vice versa. Making Links – Cross curricular language learning from Lisa Stevens I mentioned my Pinterest pages; here’s the link […]

El que busca encuentra

Following on from yesterday’s post, I forgot to say that there is a Facebook page for Muy Interesante Junior that has little snippets from the magazine as well as previews of upcoming editions. …and you can follow @MuyInteresante on Twitter for interesting facts in Spanish in 140 characters or less. A regular feature of Muy […]