Updated: Nov 1, 2020
Scribd has Advanced Spanish-Language Books, Magazines, Documents, Audiobooks, Etc.
Scribd has been one of my go-to tools for very specific, niche and/or hard to find Spanish language learning
materials for years. To be honest, I don't remember how I even found it. But is a Pandora's box of language learning opportunity!
How I Discovered It - By Accident
I started using it as a student. I couldn't find any workbooks that challenged me anymore. I had exhausted the entire Practice Makes Perfect series, and wanted something more challenging. However, over time, I have stumbled across more teaching resources. As a student, and a teacher, it has been incredibly useful, interesting, and efficient.
Is it Free or Paid? Well, Both!
You can start with a free trial to see if its worth it or not (By the way, feel free to use my link here to sign up. You get 60 days free to use the service, and I get 30 days free for the referral). It costs less than $10 per month, and comes with a number of educational APPs and services as well.
Example Materials for Spanish Teachers and Parents
In this post, I am going to share with you 3 valuable Spanish resources that I have stumbled upon. They are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the authentic language examples you can find online. Note that I was able to finding these by searching in Spanish, not in English. But, I especially like these options because they are ready-to-go. They can benefit Spanish language learners, teachers, homeschooling parents, schools and organizations, and bilingual families.
1. Academic Spanish Books for Immersion or Dual Language Students
Use the search terms ¨lenguaje¨ , ¨escritura¨, ¨lectura¨, ¨sociales¨, ëducacion primaria or secundaria¨, etc.
Learning the academic terms in a language happens when students attend school. If someone learns a language, even as a native speaker, but is not educated in that language, it never fully develops. This situation is referred to as ¨ ¨ by linguists. Academic activities help students develop problem solving, critical thinking, and opinion sharing skills.
In Latin American countries, like where we live in Mexico, the government supplies the textbooks for all public school students. You can find them for all grades and subjects, such as:
These are books intended for Spanish-speakers, the same way students in the U.S. have English or language arts class. But they work well with upper intermediate to advanced Spanish learners. You can start a grade level below and work your way up to your current English level. Here is a 1st grade Spanish book for you to get an idea of the level.
Example Spanish Teacher Guide
For example, here is a Spanish 3 book for middle school. It is also a teacher´s guide with instructions. It is from Mexico. Inside, you will find comprehensive projects on a variety of subjects, such as analyzing public news and bullying. There are reading comprehensions which introduce the topics, questions to answer, and more ideas for expansion and activities as well.
2. Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) Teaching/Activity Guides to Inspire Teachers
Search terms: ¨ELE¨, ¨enseñanza de español como lengua extranjera¨, ¨guia didatica¨
From preschool to university levels, there are plenty of teacher guides available which walk you step by step through Spanish curriculum and activities.
For example, here is a book of activities and ideas for the classroom specifically for children 6-9 years old. It comes with descriptions, instructions, and the visual aids needed for each activity. One activity book like this can save you hours of classroom or homeschool lesson planning. And even creative teachers will find inspiration in the different types of presentations and implementations.
Resources for Adult Spanish Learners, Expats, Immigrants
If you teach an older audience, here is a copy of a book for immigrants who need to learn Spanish. I favor these books because they usually use a lot of communicative activities and get straight to the point. Much more speaking and real-world, relative examples, as opposed to pure grammar study and theory.
3. Print-Ready, Organized Lists for Spanish Teaching and Learning
Many authors and bloggers will upload their eBooks and blogs to Scribd in order to gain more exposure. Links are clickable so they can also increase traffic to their websites. You will find a lot of resources with lists of EVEN more resources. They are usually organized by subsections, such as free websites, apps, online, offline, language domain, age, grade level, or specific grammar topics.
Try searching for the preterite vs. imperfect, por vs. para, or the subjunctive (ahhh!) and you will find plenty of tools and exercises available to help. I mention those because they are typically the top 3 pain points that I hear when students seek out private lessons.
Below is a document which features resources for teaching Spanish to immigrants. You will find websites, magazines, textbooks, activity books, online courses, and more options. Descriptions and information about each resource is included, and you can click on the embedded link to get to it quickly.
Download PDFs, Magazines and Books in Spanish
What I like about the Scribd APP is that it takes you straight to a variety of resources, like books, documents, audiobooks, magazines, news articles, research papers, and more. It is easy to preview the information. Other readers rate them, although not as aggressively as on other websites. And in many cases, you can download the entire resource. At the very least, you can read it on the go with the Scribd APP.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Tyler has 2 M.A. degrees, in Educational Technology and Curriculum and Instruction. Her B.A. degree is in ESL. She has worked online since 2014, and has taught languages since 2010.
Her company, Viva Online, L.L.C. provides Spanish language courses, immersion classes, and professional development teachers. She lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico with her husband and 2 daughters.
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