I have been teaching languages for, at least, four years. Although I have more experience teaching English than Spanish, in this occasion, I would like to share with you some of the information I have on teaching Spanish as a second language.
Grammar and exercises:
- Cúader: Cuaderno de ejercicios para el programa de nivel A1. This is a PDF book with a series of grammar explanations and exercises about each of them. It has 116 pages and it has been really helpful to me, because you find almost all the basic aspects of the Spanish grammar and it has some exercises that are not too difficult for the student. This is for an A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
- Aprender español. This website is GREAT! I have found so many useful stuff in it that I don’t even know where to start describing it. The site is divided into million parts. You have an initial division between: Vocabulary/Grammar/Verbs/Songs-Audio/Tales-readings/Resources. Then, if you click on one of their many options you go to another website where they have many other links divided by levels. These links can be to exercises, exercises with grammar, interactive exercises, etc. Plus, you also have “other resources” with more useful information about the subject. This is a great website when you prepare your own lessons, what I mean is that it doesn’t come as in teaching units already prepared, it just gives you information, website with exercises, etc. for you to take whatever you need to prepare your own class.
- Los pronombres. This is a website with very useful information about the pronouns in Spanish, I have used it many times since it is a very complicated subject. I specially like it because it’s very detailed and easily explained.
- Europa en Comunicación. This is a teaching unit made by the European Comission in Spain that I found some time ago. It’s for an A2 level and it tries to improve communication, vocabulary, grammar, knowledge of culture and society, texts and tasks, all of it under the topic of the Spanish and the rest of European cultures. The free edition only has seventeen pages, but I guarantee you that your students will learn and have a good time with this Unit.
- MarcoELE. This is one of the best websites regarding Spanish as a second language. It’s an online magazine full of articles of famous professors, interviews, etc. It also has a great library in which you can find almost any book or research, and a great collection of units prepared by experienced teachers for every level.
- And, of course, the incredible, intelligent, organized and important Centro Virtual Cervantes. Here you can find almost everything, news, research, magazines, and a million etceteras, but, in this occasion, I’m just going to tell you about DidicatiRed. This is a section where different activities for ELE teachers are published weekly. It is an endless source of ideas to take to a classroom.
- Español para extranjeros. A website especifically designed as a project to teach Spanish to inmigrants who have just arrived in Spain.
- María Moliner. This is probably the best dictionary that exists in Spanish, unfortunately there’s no any official free version on the internet and you have to pay a lot to get it (although it’s very worth it). However, I found this website that says to have very good dictionaries and this one (probably hacked), but it works perfectly and I have gotten very good results from it.
- Diccionario de la Real Academia Española. And of course, here you have the famous DRAE. I personally have something against them because their definitions are so far away from reality sometimes, but of course, they’re The Institution, plus their website is legal and free.
- Edinumen. It’s an online editorial specialized in material about Spanish as a second language. You can find their catalogue with an endless number of books and other materials, a bulletin report aimed at helping teachers and put them in contact with each other and many other stuff.
- Difusion. Other online editorial specialized in learning languages. You can find all kind of materials and news about learning Spanish, French, German and Italian.
- SGEL ele. Another good editorial in which you can find books related to teaching Spanish.
- United Nations Interpreters Glossary. A very useful glossary that contains almost every topic and links to other glossaries in each one of them.
- Mis clases de español. A very interesting blog on ELE from a very experienced Spanish teacher in Jerusalem.
- Profesor de español en el extranjero. This is an article I found some time ago that talks about the growing need for Spanish teachers in the world. It also specifies the different training options you can have access to in order to become a Spanish teacher, or the scholarships you could ask for, conferences, etc.
- Requisitos para ser profesor de español en el Instituto Cervantes. You can also find them in the website listed before along with other options, but in case you just want to know about what are the requirements that the Instituto Cervantes asks for, here you have them.
- Curso de profesores de español ELE a distancia o presencial del Instituto Hemingway. This school in Bilbao has a course specialized in training ELE teachers, it is recognised as an official Center by the Instituto Cervantes and it’s also part of the Associated Centers Network of the Instituto Cervantes.