“Immersion education is another opportunity to help my kids become productive citizens not just of the USA, but also of a spiritual kingdom that looks at the world for what we can give, not just what we can get, for what we can share, not just what we can protect.”
FonoCultura is an early Spanish reader series that uses author Olga Díaz’s personal stories to bring together authentic language and cultural elements for the benefit of student learning. Here’s what what mom had to say about what the series means to her son.
“The pedagogy is now so very alive and new that, for example, the student, I now know, needs to hear a word used around 70 times [in context] in order to make it a part of their vocabulary. So, just imagine how much we need to do and the resources we need to have in order to make sure that students can learn new vocabulary.”
Instead of merely admiring the problems surrounding limited culturally and linguistically authentic Spanish texts for budding readers, Olga Díaz tackled them head-on as an author.
contributed by Cortney Housman Dan (my husband) and I, genuinely, wholeheartedly enjoy people; discovering more about their culture, upbringing, passions, character strengths/weaknesses, and their achievements. We delight in witnessing the pleasantness of people living together in unity; exuding love, compassion and humility despite different races… Read More
Nayeli Venegas models the stance of a lifelong learner. While she says she’s learned a bit from me over the years, I’m almost certain I’ve learned more from her.
A teacher’s review of apps and communication platforms has gotten us thinking about how stellar immersion teachers communicate with families. What are the things that we see teachers doing in order to uphold the goals of their immersion programs, build and maintain rapport with families, and continue to foster a unified, collaborative culture?
Our calendar is filling up, but there’s still time to join add.a.lingua’s 2017-18 partner school cohort. If you’re preparing to launch an immersion program in the fall of 2017, and you’d like to learn more about our services, drop us a note, and let’s get talking.
Iliana Vásquez-Ochoa is the principal of Holland Language Academy, in Holland, MI. She’s a leader who inspires us with her tenacity and perseverance, and her personal story is an inspiration on many levels.
There seems to be a similar theme of possibilities at the intersection of adventure and obedience emerging in the story of our new second-grade Spanish immersion teacher at Crown Point Christian School.