Pam Kaatz Color Connection

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Acquiring a language should be based on discovering the patterns through contextualized activities not rote conjugation.
 
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NOTE: I have recently lowered the price of all of the Question Kits to $2.00. I added a powerpoint lesson to the Spanish kit. Shown here is the student hand-out version of the question words. The question words are printed on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets.
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SER and ESTAR: VISUAL LESSON TO INCREASE UNDERSTANDING OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO VERBS BY EXAMINING THEIR LATIN ORIGINS IN OTHER WORDS: A SUPER-SILLY POWER POINT LESSON THAT CREATES A VISUAL IMAGE OF HOW ONE VERB SPEAKS OF CHANGEABLE
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Shown here is the student hand-out version of the question words. The question words are printed on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. The top half has the visual with the written word and the bottom half has only the visual. They should be cut apart. The ones
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Shown here is the student hand-out version of the question words. The question words are printed on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. The top half has the visual with the written word and the bottom half has only the visual. They should be cut apart. The ones
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Dear Russian Teachers: For a long time, 83 teachers had viewed my Cyrillic Alphabet kit, and no one had purchased it yet. My sales have increased to FOUR kits. Please read their comments. I wish I could make you understand what it is really
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►LOS ADJETIVOS---VARIAS LECCIONES DIFERENTES Over the 30 years that I taught, I developed many lessons that involved some aspect of dealing with adjectives—perhaps I should say “a kinder, gentler way to understand gender and number.” Rather than
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LANGUAGE LINKS MATCHING ACTIVITIES These 10 matching activities lead students to discover that because of many Hidden Clues in English words they already know a lot of Spanish! In addition, they will realize that learning about these hidden
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I did a maternity leave substitute teaching job for a French teacher. Having taught Spanish for 30 years and having studied 15 college hours of French in the latter part of the 20th Century, I was considered the “most qualified” sub. Notice the
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PLACES IN THE CITY PAM KAATZ aka La Anciana Venerable (all typos are the result of senility, not ignorance.) I need to give credit to my niece who came through for me when I mentioned that I needed some drawings to illustrate the places in the
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PALABRAS COMPUESTAS Many words are formed with the third person singular of a present tense verb followed by a noun. For example, we translate "the birthday" into Spanish as "el cumpleaños." This is actually the verb
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Over the years I have written a few articles. Some were published in local teacher organization publications. They are just sitting here on my computer, so I decided to share them if anyone out there might be interested. 1. WHO, WHOM AND WHOSE—I
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WEIRD WORDS and LINGUISTIC HUMOR Pam Kaatz--Color Connection WEIRD WORDS are words that… look different but sound the same-- look the same but sound different-- look and sound
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May be used by ESL or elementary ELA. Shown here is the student hand-out version of the question words. The question words are printed on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. The top half has the visual with the written word and the bottom half has only the visual.
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The INTERNATIONAL FORUM KIT was first published in 1988, based on a lesson that I developed a few years before that. On an impulse one day in class, I grabbed some 3x5 cards and wrote the names of some countries. I gave one to the first person in
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SALUDOS-DÍAS-MESES~ESTACIONES plus bonus LOS NÚMEROS PAM KAATZ aka La Anciana Venerable (All typos are the result of senility, not ignorance.) BONUS: WHILE CONSIDERING ALL OF THE LESSONS IN MY FILES, I DECIDED TO INCLUDE LOS NÚMEROS IN THIS
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BINGO GAME THAT BLENDS COMPREHENSION OF NUMBERS, SHAPES AND COLORS THERE IS ONLY ONE PAGE THAT IS IN SPANISH. IT WILL BE VERY EASY TO MAKE THE SAME PAGE IN YOUR TARGET LANGUAGE. This kit contains 12 BINGO cards (8 1/2 x 11) each with 12 squares.
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ACCENT RULES--STRESS--DIPHTHONGS--MEANING PAM KAATZ AKA La Anciana Venerable All typos are the result of senility, not ignorance. THESE LESSONS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE USED BEFORE YOU HAVE HAD NUMEROUS COMMUNICATIVE LESSONS AND ALREADY HAVE THE
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BONUS LESSON: LAS VOCALES This is for very beginning classes--or a review for those who need to work on pronunciation. It explains that the Spanish vowels are much easier than English. The concept of strong and weak vowels is explained. It would
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WHY A LESSON ON MAYAN NUMERALS? Appropriate for Math, World Cultures/Social Studies, Spanish APPROPRIATE FOR MATH: Most students are not aware that our numeric system is called the “Arabic system.” I often wonder what would have
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LA HISTORIA DE LAS DROGAS EN MI VIDA A not-so-subtle anti-drug message incorporated into an overview of the five basic indicative tenses, explained to the students without using “grammarese.” I have used this with BEGINNING students who are barely
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am retired after 30 years of teaching MS and HS Spanish (and English). At the beginning of my 11th year, I underwent a "conversion" experience. The presenter mentioned using visual images, colors, symbols to teach abstract concepts. My brain clicked on, and my first teaching system was born. The Spanish Verb Wall. I presented it for my school district (approximately 50 world language teachers)--and NO ONE "got it." I continued using the idea, modifying, improving, incorporating more concepts. Nearly 10 years later, I tried again and presented at our state conference. The reaction completely changed. I have presented my materials all over the US.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I call my technique "Building Artificial Realities." Here is an example: The International Forum. The class is divided into groups. Each group receives the flag of its nation. I use the England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, Japan--because I want countries that have languages very similar to the name of the country. With this set-up, I teach them the verb "to be" and the subject pronouns. There is no preliminary explanation about verbs, about listing the forms, about the pronouns--NADA. In the context of being from different countries--the Artificial Reality--I begin to share information and ask questions. This is the flag of Spain. He is from Spain. Point to another boy. Is HE from Spain? No. Is he from Italy? Yes. I am going to post some free PPTs about these techniques.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In the ancient days of the 20th Century, 1986, I received the "Spanish Teacher of the Year" award from the Texas Foreign Language Association. In 2001 I was awarded the "Honorary Life Member" award also from TFLA.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Upon graduating in 1965 from Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX) with a major in Spanish, I taught Spanish in Pomona, CA, for two years. During that time, it dawned on me that the rote recitation of verb conjugations--the way that I had been taught--was definitely not communication. In fact, rote recitation can cause a serious condition called LLBDS--Language Learner Brain Damage Syndrome. Having met a wonderful family from Argentina who invited me for an unlimited visit, I lived almost a year in Buenos Aires--where I actually learned to speak the language. When I returned to the US, I went back to TX and finished my MA (also TCU) in 1974.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Due to my language ability, my husband and I adopted an 18-month-old boy in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1973. Three years later, we learned that he had two older siblings that were in another orphanage that we did not know about. So in 1976, we returned and adopted his two brothers, ages 7, and 11. While at the orphanage we met a 9-year-old girl, but we had reached the limit of our allowed visas. (Limit is 2 per family, but since the two boys were siblings, we were allowed to bring them both on the 2nd visa.) We did not forget the girl we had met, and when in 1978 the status of visa availability was "no wait time" for anyone with legal documents, we returned to San Jose to adopt our daughter. BUT before her visa could be processed through regular "channels" the visa status of all the Central American countries was "given" to the Cubans who had left Cuba in huge numbers when Castro basically told them--leave if you want. We had to leave her in San Jose after we had adopted her. The US Senator from TX, John Tower, submitted a special bill on our behalf, and she was granted a "political refugee" visa, allowing her to come to her new home in just 6 months. A friend of mine and I got involved in an adoptive parent group, and we found homes for 106 children from the orphanages. We often accompanied the parents to help with language and culture. Our lawyer in CR then told us that the government had decided that we were "selling" the children as servants or "organ donors" and advised us not to return to CR. (Our own children were amazed that we had been accused of such evil things.) I tell you all of this to explain that I experienced having 3 non-English speakers in my home--and I used my budding language-teaching skills with them.

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