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El Profe Fall Issue


We hope you enjoy this Fall issue of El Profe, HMH's biannual newsletter for Spanish language educators. El Profe brings you insights and ideas to enrich instruction, news on current trends in language education, and the latest information on ¡Avancemos! resources for your classroom. This issue also provides a free resource to connect students to culture—a downloadable Fall Holiday Calendar!

Spanish Holiday Calendar / Fall 2019

Give your students more opportunities to connect language and culture with this new, FREE calendar that will save you hours of time!

Each month the calendar highlights holidays in the Spanish-speaking world along with leveled lesson ideas to get students communicating in Spanish, with links to related media in HMHfyi Español as well as to HMH® web pages featuring holiday-focused articles from ¡Avancemos!

Download today!

The Seal of Biliteracy Becomes a National Phenomenon

Originally a grassroots movement and now a national phenomenon, the Seal of Biliteracy recognizes the value of biliteracy for students and our society. From increased career opportunities to improved memory, being multilingual allows us to connect with others—in our schools and across the globe. Share this Benefits of Bilingualism infographic with your students today!

Because You Know Authenticity is Key

At HMH®, we agree that authenticity is key in language instruction. That's why ¡Avancemos! © 2018 offers Activities for Spanish Open-Source Content providing activity masters, and embedded teacher support for all kinds of authentic media, from news stories to online shops and museum websites. In addition to the activity masters the editable component includes teaching suggestions. It is available through the Teacher Resources icon in the online eBook.

And there's more…new authentic videos!

¡Avancemos! ©2018 now also features Authentic Spanish Video Resources, providing authentic Spanish-language videos with supporting activity masters. Resources include scripts in the target language and teaching suggestions. Videos cover a range of content, such as schoolchildren at a Spanish-Mandarin bilingual school in Buenos Aires and street art in Paraguay. They are available under Program Resource Downloads from the Student Resources icon in the online eBook.

Sign up for a virtual sampling account to download and try both of these resources today.

Insights & Best Practices

All language learners benefit from a 'linguistically friendly' classroom, one in which students are free to acquire a second language without fear of sanctions on what they have yet to learn.

According to the HMH® white paper entitled Communication First! Six Best Practices for the Second Language Classroom, authored by John De Mado, "there is an intimate relationship between language acquisition and an individual's willingness to take linguistic risks, to be vulnerable, and to use intuition in order to confront more language than he or she owns. This dynamic is essential to a student's second language growth."

Download this paper for six essential best practices that can transform your classroom into a 'communication first' environment.

Meet the Needs of Heritage Learners

In 2018, Excelencia in Education (Excelencia) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) announced that the number of hispanic-serving institutions in the U.S. has increased due to growing enrollment. Providing the support that helps ensure these students succeed has never been more important.

HMH Spanish Resources for Heritage Learners addresses that need, offering insightful information on the backgrounds and needs or heritage learners and support that includes:

  • A diagnostic assessment for placement into the correct level and modules
  • Spelling and grammar modules that explain and provide remediation with audio for common spelling and grammar errors
  • Vocabulary modules that address issues resulting from regional/non-standard vocabulary

Contact your HMH Account Executive for more information.

Newseum: News from Around the World at Your Fingertips

Looking to incorporate even more authentic resources into your Spanish classroom? In addition to ¡Avancemos!! resources such as HMHfyi Español, News & Networking, and Activities for Open Source Content, you can access front page news from around the world via newseum.org. Check out the front page of La Nación from Argentina, or La Vanguardia from Spain.

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