Tweet Several weeks ago, the headmaster of my school charged teachers with choosing subject-specific quotes that would be inscribed above the classroom doors of our new middle school building.  What a great idea, I thought, until the moment arrived when I had to locate those inspirational words that would embody the essence of what it […]

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Origin of Puerto Ricans

by Rebecca Ford on November 6, 2012 · 0 comments

Tweet Here is a neat graphic organizer that I received in one of my graduate classes sometime during the 1990s.  It illustrates the ancestry of the three major blood lines which form the Puerto Rican race : Taino Indian, Spanish and Black. Origin of Puerto Ricans When Christopher Columbus reached Puerto Rico in 1493, he […]

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Tweet Last month, the public schools in Macon, Georgia made national headlines when their Superintendent, Romain Dallemand made a radical move and mandated that all students, Pre-K through 12th grade, take Mandarin Chinese.  He could have chosen a heritage language like Spanish, since the Latino population in Georgia has experienced a significant growth spurt over […]

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Tweet If you are a world language educator, a language aficionado or if you simply enjoy dabbling in neurolinguistics, then  Michael Erard’s latest book will definitely satisfy your hunger for the latest approaches to foreign language acquisition. In his quest to find the world’s most extraordinary language-learners, Erard unfolds the strange and yet fascinating lives […]

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Tweet Since writing Tips To Prepare Students For National Foreign Language Exams a little over a month ago, I received this year’s results to the National Spanish Exam, which I administered to my level 01 and level 1 students in March.  As I mentioned in my article, I wanted to help students achieve higher scores, […]

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Tweet Roughly two weeks ago, after a particularly exhausting day of teaching, I returned to my cubicle and collapsed into my desk chair. Too tired to do anything active, I decided to plug my Earbuds into my MacBook and passively earn some professional development time for the remaining hour of the work day.  I tuned […]

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Tweet I think it’s safe to say that most of us in the U.S. have heard the expression March Madness, but if you haven’t, then imagine a month of utter craziness as sixteen NCAA basketball teams and their rowdy fans battle one another in order to clinch the championship title.  It is truly a time […]

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Tweet In the nineties, when I began my teaching career, I worked in a public high school whose World Language department celebrated National Foreign Language Week each year.  As the newbie in the department, I didn’t really know what to expect during my first year celebration.  I imagined that the kids would spruce up our […]

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Tweet When I decided to move from Connecticut to Tennessee nearly five years ago, I had already spent a little more than a decade as a public school Spanish teacher.  During the first several years, I taught in secondary school, while the remaining years I worked in two other school districts where I designed and […]

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Tweet A few weeks ago, I was purging books from my overgrown personal library when I encountered an Italian-English textbook that my mother gifted to me nearly two decades ago.  Bound in red linen, embossed with black ink and copyrighted 1921, this treasured relic once belonged to my great grandfather, a burly yet gentle Italian […]

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