Ana Lomba’s guide to teaching preschool Spanish has been updated and is now available. This guide is for anyone teaching children Spanish in a school or private program, and it addresses preschool and school-age children.
Spanish for Preschoolers explains how to create effective lessons based on an understanding of how children learn language. All of us know that it is impossible to find perfect, ready-to-use lesson plans. I am sure you create your own materials and adapt others to fit your students and your situation, just as I do. This is where Ana’s teacher’s guide is a huge help. To teach well, you have to have an understanding of how children learn a second language, a vision of how you will use that understanding to teach, and a plan to make it happen. With that base, you can apply your knowledge and strategies to any content. Spanish for Preschoolers helps teachers establish that base.
In this teacher’s guide you will not find lesson plans, other than an example unit. What you will find is concise, practical information to help you teach effectively. This includes information on how children of different ages learn, different approaches to language teaching, how to plan a curriculum, and how to put that plan into practice in your classroom.
For new teachers, this guide has a huge amount of information. In fact, it has too much information to absorb and understand at once. If you are new to teaching, you will take away specific, helpful suggestions and a general sense of how you can approach your class and the task at hand. As you teach longer and have more perspective, you will want to come back to this guide again and again. You will understand more and be able to apply the information in creative and effective ways.
For experienced teachers, this guide is a reminder of how mindfully we have to approach what we do. It will help you maintain perspective on how children learn and give you new ways of thinking about familiar concepts. Experienced teachers will find the guide motivational, but also practical. The different approaches to teaching language, the different types of activities and the lists of resources are useful to anyone teaching Spanish.
Finally, all teachers will find this guide realistic and supportive. Ana acknowledges that all of us make mistakes, we learn and we improve. Within this supportive framework, she is clear about what really works and she gives you the tools to use that knowledge in your class.
Disclosure: The author sent me a copy of the book to write this article. All the ideas and opinions are my own.