Thursday, October 7, 2010

Finding Spanish language resources

This week I visited Vista Spanish classes and shared some useful resources with students.

Improve your Spanish (or learn other languages) online!

Go to
KCLS - click on Databases at the top of the page – select Language Learning from the subject list (scroll down) – Choose a database and log in using your KCLS number

Language learning software with access to flashcard-based lessons in 70+ languages.

Little Pim
Language learning lessons for children. Little Pim is part of Mango Languages - click on the 'Courses' link and select 'Little Pim.' This would be great for younger siblings of Vista students.

Mango Languages
Language learning lessons with reading/writing/listening components.

Oxford Language Dictionaries
Language dictionaries for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish.

Borrow Spanish books, magazines and audiobooks!

Go to
KCLS and in the catalog choose Advanced Search. Set the language option to "Spanish."

If you want, you may limit your Material Type (e.g. Magazine, DVD or Book), Collections (e.g. Teen or Children’s Materials), or search by Author, Title or Subject.

Want to learn more?

The Pura Belpré Award “is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.”

Hispanic Heritage has biographies, an historical timeline, articles about Latin music and culture, and links to other sites!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just read and responded to Christine of Origami Mommy about children's books. There is where I followed your link!
I am a retired 1st grade teacher here in New Mexico and am also an author of two children's books on my Hispanic culture and family. The books are called,
"The Eyes of the Weaver" and "The Key to Grandpa's House", both published by The University of New Mexico Press.
My father did the Spanish translations (glossary) in
both books and my brother is the illustrator of the 2nd book.
Your blog and what you do is so important to our children. THANK YOU!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.