Thursday, April 16, 2015

Language Teacher of the Week Island Teacher

This week's featured seller is Emilie Del Risco aka the Island Teacher. Her blog is the Island Teacher and her products are available at her TeachersPayTeachers store.

Teaching History:  
I have been teaching for 13 years. I have taught a wide range of Spanish classes from Kindergarten-High School. I currently teach at a small private school in the Cayman Islands where I teach Spanish from grades 2-10. :) Additionally, I have taught ESL classes in an Intensive English Language university program. 

Favorite Thing about Teaching Languages:
I, like many teachers, love the lightbulb moment when I student "gets" a concept. I also love to see my students enjoying an activity and practicing their language skills outside of the classroom.

Favorite Lesson:
I love teaching about Cinco de Mayo. I enjoy "schooling" students on what this day is really about. I find that it's very eye opening for them to learn that the day is not really much of a holiday in Mexico after all AND reminding them that it is NOT Mexico's Independence Day.
The phrase “Ay, ay, ay, ay, canta, no llores” (from "Cielito Lindo") helped my Spanish students remember that the affirmative “tú” command drops the “s” but the negative command retains the “s” and changes the ending from “–as” to“-es” on “–ar ending verbs”.

One Tip to WL Teachers:
Find out what works for your students and don't be afraid to step outside of the textbook! Include as many authentic resources as possible. :)
Free Product:
Spanish Big Numbers Task Cards Speaking and Writing-Activity
One thing that my students and I really enjoy using are task cards. There are so many diverse ways to incorporate these into your lessons. You can read more about how to use these in this blog post.

Featured Product: 
Cinco de Mayo Task Cards Questions and Writing Prompts
Looking for a resource to use with your Cinco de Mayo lesson? Check out these Cinco de Mayo writing prompts and question task cards. This resource also includes a link to an online article that you can print or have students access to answer the task card questions.

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