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Contextual practice with imperfect subjunctive using the phrase "es como si" as a starting point. This is the first of a series of documents which help students approach the subjunctive in Spanish via storytelling and real-life contexts. Here, I
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Many Spanish students are boggled by when to use subjunctive in the if-then sentence, often thinking that any sentence with "si" in it must employ subjunctive. This document reviews the structure of imperfect subjunctive Spanish verbs, parses out
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This document demonstrates the form of the regular AR preterites, with accompanying notes about stem-changers and orthographic exceptions. Practice 1 is a guided conversations between "tú" and "yo" that can be used as an in-class activity. Practice
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At some point, every Spanish student that learns imperfect subjunctive thinks that every phrase with "if" in it must require subjunctive. This document shows that some "if-then sentences" are in indicative mood when they state rules, generalities
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This beginner's introduction to Irregular Preterites in Spanish offers organization and memory tricks to learn the patterns and sounds of the elusive Spanish Irregular Preterite Past. A goofy poem at the end that uses every single irregular
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A friendly conversation between a teacher and student explains what a noun clause is, reminds us of the basic situations in which subjunctive mood is used, and explains why emotion expressed in the independent clause provokes subjunctive in the
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This is a lesson plan that presents how to form commands in Spanish and offers practice activities to teach students the Imperative Mood (all forms, positive and negative) in Spanish. Presentation of regular and irregular forms, reflexive forms,
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This is a presentation for introducing students to the cultural and literary background of the classic Spanish novela "Las Ataduras" by Carmen Martín Gaite, a work often on reading lists for AP Spanish and university-level Spanish courses. It can be
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This two-page document is meant to be used as a reminder to students at level 2 or 3 (or later) of the forms of irregular Spanish verbs: present, preterite, future and conditional forms are reviewed, as well as irregular past participles applicable
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In Q and A format (useful for an in-class reading) one friendly person explains to another why we use subjunctive mood in dependent clauses when emotion is expressed in the independent clause. Then, students get a chance to practice by filling in
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Prezi is a dynamic environment for presenting information and ideas. You can create a free account at Prezi.com to display and make (public) Prezis. If you subscribe, more features are available to you. This is a Prezi I made to introduce Beginner
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Duration: about 13 minutes. Purpose: to help students learn irregular Spanish verbs in the preterite tense, while enhancing comprehension and oral fluency. I recommend that students first answer all the questions per directions on the document.
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My explanation of the verbs Ser and Estar, developed over 24 years of teaching, including the famous DOCTOR and PLACE mnemonic devices. Accompanying exercises. This is not for beginners, but rather for review of this topic in Spanish 2 or more
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This Spanish mini-lesson explains how to use adverbial expressions para, para que, después, and después (de) que in context. The key skills emphasized are: 1) learning to determine when subjunctive or indicative mood is required with these
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Tbis document focuses on the difference between the indicative "if-then" sentence and the subjunctive "if-then" sentence. A fill-in-the-blanks paragraph is accompanied by an English translation to check work. Focus on search for key words that tell
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've taught Spanish language and literature for 24 years as a high school tutor, and adjunct professor at numerous colleges and universities. I also teach at corporations and via non-profit professional groups whose members require basic Spanish for professional purposes. Among my specialty courses are Spanish for: Nurses, Lactation Consultants, Doctors, Social Workers, Educators and (believe it or not) Spanish for Tap Dancers.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is dynamic. I believe that negative emotion can inhibit language learning, so I work to create a positive emotional atmosphere in my classes and documents. Storytelling with words and images and humor are keys to my method, as well as approaching old grammar topics in brand new ways. I do not teach Spanish via immersion: rather, I prefer to explain grammatical principles in English followed by intensive practice and conversation in Spanish. I specialize in adult language education.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Gold Star Teacher, Wyzant.com

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A., Yale University. Currently pursuing MFA in Creative Writing at the Sewanee School of Letters.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Dorothy Potter Snyder Spanish Teacher, Curriculum Developer Education •Yale University, BA in Languages and Literature (1982) Teaching Adjunct Professor of Spanish •United States Lactation Consultant Association, (online webinars), Spanish for lactation consultants. Created specialized curriculum for lactation consultants. •Princeton Adult School (Princeton, NJ), 2008-present •Chazen School of Business, Columbia University (New York, NY), 2008-2009 •New York College of Medicine (Valhalla, NY), 2001-2002 •Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University (Bronx, NY) 1992-2002 Private School Spanish Teacher: •Roadmap for Language – New York, NY (2008-present) – Spanish teacher in web-based teaching environment. •ABC Language Exchange - New York, NY (2002-2009) •El Taller Latino Americano - New York City, NY (1991 to 2000). Head teacher and program coordinator of non-proft Spanish language school. Corporate Spanish Teacher: •Trinity Investments (New York, NY), 2008-present •CAI Advisors & Co. (New York, NY), 2010 •General Motors (New York, NY), 2001 •Jacobi Hospital (Bronx, NY), 1998-1999 •Catholic Medical Centers (Brooklyn, NY), 1996-1998 •Montefore Hospital (Bronx, NY), 1990-1994 •Brooklyn Legal Services (Brooklyn, NY), 1991 Publications •Salsa Piano, with Hector Martignon, Hal Leonard Co. (2005) •Spanish for Medical Students, privately published by The Einstein College of Medicine (2003) •Queridos Padres, Hispanic Policy Development Project (1990)

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