Showing posts with label Spanish Lessons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spanish Lessons. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Learn Spanish With Spanish Is Your Amigo

Spanish Is Your Amigo is a series of video lessons taught by YouTube EDU Guru Kristen Williams. The lessons are designed for beginner and intermediate students. The short, upbeat lessons cover the basics of things like letter pronunciation, numbers, syllabic stress, verb conjugation, nouns and articles, and common Spanish phrases. Check out a sample lesson embedded below and the YouTube channel here.


Applications for Education
As I say with almost every series of video lessons, they won't replace direct in-person instruction. But video lessons can be good resources for students who need a review or for students who can benefit from a slightly different wording or way of looking at material.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

uSpeak HD - A Nice App for Learning Spanish

uSpeak HD is a free iPad app designed to help beginners learn Spanish. The app matches you with word lists and learning activities based on your current level of knowledge of Spanish. Before you even register on the service you take a quick assessment to match you to the appropriate lists and activities. Once you've registered all of your progress is stored in your uSpeak account.

uSpeak's word lists are organized in webs of related words. Click on any web to reveal the words. Then click on a word to reveal a web of in-context uses of that word, images associated with that word, and synonyms and antonyms for your chosen word.

uSpeak's learning games include matching words to images,  matching translations, and word association games.

Applications for Education
uSpeak HD could be useful in helping students acquire Spanish vocabulary knowledge. The webs and in-context examples could help students get a better understanding of how words fit together. The app advertises sound files of pronunciations but those files weren't working when I tried the app. Hopefully, that feature will be working soon.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Check Out These YouTube EDU Gurus

Last month YouTube launched a Star Search of sorts to find the next ten YouTube EDU Gurus. This week those new gurus were revealed and I'm very happy to say that three of them have been featured here on Free Technology for Teachers in the past. Those three are Keith Hughes, Kristen Williams, and Paul Anderson. Their new introductory videos are posted below. Congratulations to all of the new YouTube EDU Gurus. I look forward to all of the new content that you produce.



Monday, September 17, 2012

Spanish Is Your Amigo - Video Lessons for Beginners

Spanish Is Your Amigo is a new series of video lessons taught by Kristen Williams. The lessons are designed for beginners. The short, upbeat lessons cover the basics of things like letter pronunciation, numbers, syllabic stress, verb conjugation, nouns and articles, and common Spanish phrases. Check out a sample lesson embedded below.


Applications for Education
As I say with almost every series of video lessons, they won't replace direct in-person instruction. But video lessons can be good resources for students who need a review or for students who can benefit from a slightly different wording or way of looking at material.

Spanish Is Your Amigo does have an etextbook available too, but the etextbook is not free as the video lessons are.