If your goal is to go way beyond drilling your students with vocabulary words (so fashionable these days), this is the guide for you.
Young children have the best brain as well as the best disposition to learn languages. It is a shame – and a waste of time – to expose them to isolated words without a context.
Memorizing vocabulary flashcards, using constant translation, a focus on grammar, and other widespread techniques used with young children today are not only inefficient, but also detrimental in many instances.
The thing is, if you make it too easy, your students will not learn. If you make it too hard, they won’t learn either. When teaching young children Spanish, there is a “just right” or “al dente” point of teaching that brings out the best results.
To achieve high levels of proficiency in Spanish or other languages, young children need to be exposed to – and be helped to use – fluent language. If you teach your students to say, let’s say, “un perro” (“a dog”), this will in no way help them understand people talking about dogs in Spanish, much less talk themselves about dogs in Spanish.
Shouldn’t fluency be the real goal?
Watch this video introduction to the Spanish for Preschoolers E-Guide to discover how you can use my favorite “easy immersion” techniques to create lesson plans that target real fluency from day one:
P.S: Please note that the Spanish for Preschoolers E-Guide is targeted to teachers. I will soon offer a different edition for parents as well as one for people who want to start their own program teaching Spanish. The content is appropriate for teachers of toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and early elementary school students.
P.S.S: If you want to learn how to plan your instruction with a fluency goal in mind, claim your own copy of the Spanish for Preschoolers E-Guide.
The guide comes with a 100% money-back guarantee, so if you don’t like it, just write to me and ask for a refund. As easy as that!
Ana Lomba is changing the way people think about and interact with young children learning languages. Her Parents’ Choice award-winning books, lively songs, games, stories, and mobile applications are quickly becoming favorites with teachers and parents who want to nurture young children’ inborn language abilities. Key to the success of Ana’s break-through method is a focus on the family as the ideal environment for early language learning – even her signature curriculum for language programs is built with parents in mind. Ana has taught toddler, preschool, elementary school, and college-level Spanish courses, and held leadership positions with some of the most influential language organizations in the US, including ACTFL, NNELL and FLENJ. After graduating with a law degree from Spain, her native country, Ana pursued graduate studies at Binghamton University, Princeton University, and NYU.