Individuals wanting to
learn basic Spanish and teachers wanting a ready-to-go product for short-term conversation
classes can now purchase individual (non-reproducible) copies of the text via
Amazon. Audio and video supplemental materials are still available on request
through The Learning Light. In addition, supplemental materials, including reference sheets, cut-out flashcards pages and
sentence builders (many for free) are available for download via our TeachersPayTeachers
that Works for You
Works is an innovative and successful curriculum in basic communication in Spanish.
A generic version of the course text is now available on Amazon for students or
instructors looking for an easy, hands-on textbook for conversational Spanish.
The curriculum can be customized with materials for librarians, school teachers, city court employees, community
members or with specialty word lists you generate as the class is in
progress. Spanish that Works can be completed in eight weeks (sixteen hours),
and may be adapted to more intensive workshops.
|Supplemental materials for Spanish that Works for
You, including reference sheets, cut-out flashcards pages, and sentence builders
(many for free) are available for download via our TeachersPayTeachers
The Learning Light, LLC
follow-up recommendations for advanced students
Spanish that Works is a good,
practical introduction to Spanish, but what do you do if you want to learn more?
One option is to take a college level
Spanish class. If you don't have a university in your area, you may be able to study
through distance learning.
Or, if you prefer to study on your own, you
may look into the "Destinos" program. This college-level grammar text is
based on a series of videos that take you on a tour of the Spanish speaking world within
the context of a soap opera drama. For more information about "Destinos,"
see the McGraw Hill website Destinos
You can also improve your Spanish by
listening to music, reading books and magazines, and signing up for free online Spanish
If you are going to be in Spain, check out Streetwise Spanish at http://www.streetwisespanish.com/learnsws.html.
See the enrichment
page for more recommendations for supplemental learning materials!
example of supplemental
(in association with Amazon.com)
A time to feel / Un tiempo para sentir
Besides being a great way to learn new
vocabulary and train your ear to the sounds of the language, listening to music in Spanish
can teach you much about the people and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.
Music for culture, history, & inspiration
Although Rubén Blades is best
known for his salsa music, students who are new to Latin music often enjoy the slower and
more reflective sounds of his 1999 album Tiempos
Here, one can find a variety of
Caribbean and Latin American rhythms and sounds, and lyrics which expose both the beauty
and challenges of Latino culture.
selections on Amazon.com
More about Rubén Blades
RollingStone.com has called
Rubén Blades the "Renaissance man of Salsa."
Born in Panama, Rubén Blades first achieved
recognition in the New York Latin scene in the 1970's for his collaboration with Willie
Colón on the hit salsa album "Siembra." Blades became world famous with the
song "Pedro Navaja," which tells the story of a Latino "Mack the
Today, Rubén Blades is one of the most
respected artists in Latin American music. He received a Grammy for his album
"Antecedente" in 1988. Other albums include "Buscando America"
(1984), "Escenas" (1985), "Agua De Luna" (1987), "Caminando"
(1991), and "La Rosa De Los Vientos" (1996). "Tiempos" came out
in 1999, and "Mundo" in 2002. Compilations include "Best of Rubén
Blades" (1992) and "Greatest Hits" (1996).
Besides his musical career, Blades has acted
in several films, including The Milagro Beanfield War, Dead Man Out,
and All the Pretty Horses. In 1994, he ran for president of Panama and received
17% of the popular vote.
A Time to Think
Blades has called his work "musical
journalism" and an "urban chronicle." (theiceberg.com) His lyrics
deal with all aspects of Latin culture and often have a political edge.
Some of the themes are not pretty. For
example, on the Tiempos
album, the song "20 de diciembre" describes the U.S. invasion of Panama from a
Panamanian perspective, and "Sicarios" is about a "hit" for the
However, on the same album, you get
"Aguacero" (Thunderstorm) in which Blades recalls the hopeful wisdom of his
grandmother, and "Creencia" (Belief), which speaks to the importance of
faith. The title track "Tiempos" (Times), is a thoughtful take on
the Biblical passage "There's a time to live, and a time to die..."
Rubén Blades lives in New York City and is
bilingual, so many of his albums include an English translation of the Spanish
lyrics. Blades also has an album entirely in English called "Nothing But
The Truth" (1988), which can be a good way to familiarize yourself with the music and
culture if you don't speak much Spanish.
The music of Rubén Blades can make you jump
up and dance, or relax into the gentle sounds of a love song. But perhaps more
importantly, this music will challenge you to think and feel.
& listen to selections
(in association with Amazon.com)
for more recommendations, go to the enrichment page
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