Author Archives: bryankandel

3 AM

 I think you could build an entire Spanish curriculum on the latest Jesse y Joy album.  I probably won’t do that, but here is a three-day lesson based on their song 3 am, which includes vocals from Tommy Torres.  If … Continue reading

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Latin Grammy Awards 2016

My friend and colleague, Ellen Roberts, recently sent me some ideas for activities to accompany the Latin Grammy Awards.  Using the resources she sent and ideas from other teachers about bracket challenges, I created the following presentation and activities.  They … Continue reading

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Screencasts

At the CSCTFL Conference in March, I promised a room full of teachers that I would make a video about how to use screencasts in class.  It only took 6 months, but here it is. A screencast is a video … Continue reading

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More Resources for El Internado

As I continue to restructure my own resources for using El Internado in class, I’ve decided to organize many of them on this site.  It will provide me a starting point in future years and allow me to share with … Continue reading

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Roberto Wants to be Famous

I had a story I almost always used in class early in the year in an attempt to get repetitions of puede + infinitive (is able do something) and quiere + infinitive (wants to do something).  The story was about … Continue reading

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A Technique for El Internado and Movie Talk

If you’ve ever been frustrated because you feel like you’re not getting enough out of Movie Talk, the following may help . . . If you’ve ever wanted to try using El Internado in your Spanish class but you’re not … Continue reading

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300 Chistes

I often demonstrate to other teachers how I use a daily joke to provide input in Spanish class, and they say something like, “Oooh.  I like that, but where do I find jokes to use for class?” To which I … Continue reading

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CSCTFL Workshop

For those of you who attended the Seamless CI workshop this morning at the Central States Conference, below is a link to the presentation with links included.  Again, thank you for your attention.  I enjoyed spending a few hours together. … Continue reading

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El empleado del mes

Here is a story to be told in class with a bit of a twist in the delivery.  Typically, my order is about the same.  We begin by establishing meaning to new structures then move to personalized questions and then … Continue reading

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Listen more. Think less.

There are two types of language students in a CI class.  Well, there are many types of language students, but for this post, let’s divide them into two groups.  There are those who actively listen and absorb the input we … Continue reading

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