This page contains resources for developing thematic lessons and materials based on cultural materials.

Activities


Actiludes.JPG - Fantastic, didactic activities and free worksheets in Spanish for a variety of subject areas

ConversarSinParar.jpg - Series of group conversation activities (mostly discussions and debates) organized around themes such as immigration, organ donation, war, etc.

GlossLogo.jpg - Searchable database of language maintenance/proficiency development lessons (reading and listening) in a wide variety of languages. Allows you to limit the search to video-based lessons. Click on the individual links to launch the lesson modules


Cultural Materials


Ads


AdsOfTheWorldLogo.jpg - Links to advertisements from around the world


Atlas


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Audio


AudioLingua.png - Very nice database of mp3 recordings in a variety of languages (Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Corse, English, French, German, Italian, Occitan, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, categorized by topic and searchable by language, level, gender, age, and length

FluencyProfLogo.png - Website containing links to cultural listening activities, myths, legends, and grammar/vocab.-oriented listening activities with easy, medium, or hard levels, transcripts, and cloze exercises available for the various texts
NarrativaRadial.png - Links to essays and stories narrated for radio (some are very imaginative)


OpenCultureLogo.jpg- List of audio courses and podcasts in a variety of languages, including Spanish & Portuguese

OralLanguageArchiveLogo.JPG - Audio materials with transcripts from Carnegie Mellon in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish

RadioAmbulanteLogo.png - Program similar to NPR's This American Life

Radioteca.png - Links to audio texts, read/performed by native speakers, and searchable by language, country, topic, and type of text (commentaries, interviews, legends, news, news magazines, radio novels, radio plays, podcasts, poetry, reports, short stories, songs, etc.)

SpanishPhoneConversations.JPG - Telephone conversations between native speakers of Spanish (also available in Egyptian, Iraqui, & Levantine) on a variety of topics, including clothing, city or town, communications, daily life, education, family life, finances, food and drink, shopping, and working conditions

Biographies


GrandesPersonasDeLaHistoria.JPG - A site designed for children that contains biographies of famous people

Children's Literature


BibliotecaDeLiteraturaInfantilYJuvenil.JPG - A collection of children's literature organized by author (much of it downloadable as PDFs, also some audio and video available)

BLAALogo.jpg - Extensive library of digital texts (including children's literature and museums) from Colombia

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CuentosCortos.jpg - A collection of short stories in Spanish, organized by genre, character type, and category (such as classic fairy tales)


CuentosPopularesDeCastillaYLeon.JPG - Contains print versions of each story, and some have coloring pages and games related to the stories as well.

Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg - An interactive map containing links to legends and folktales from countries around the world in a variety of languages, including Vietnamese

Collections of Culturally Authentic Materials


AmyLenordPinterest.JPG - Links to culturally authentic materials in Spanish, organized by country, holidays, etc.


GlencoeOnlineLogo.gif - Culture-based websites in Spanish

KennedyCenterLogo.gif - Check out CDs of music, content materials, culture kits, flags, and/or maps from the Outreach Resource Library at BYU's Kennedy Center for free. The Center can also help you schedule free presentations for your classroom regarding specific countries. You may also wish to explore their CultureGuides--country-specific teaching units for both elementary and secondary classes

nclrc_logo_sm_trans.gif - Contains links to culturally authentic materials in Spanish


Comics

QuinoLogo.jpg - Site in Argentina containing Quino comics & Mafalda videos

Documentaries

SomosDocumentales.jpg - Browse this site from Spain thematically by topic. Documentaries are in Spanish and address many of the AP themes as well as current events. Interviews with famous figures like Salvador Dalí, along with interactive explorations, are also available on the site.

Images



CulturallyAuthenticPictorialLexiconLogo.png - A database of culturally authentic Creative Commons images, organized by language and topic


FreeImagesLogo.jpg - A few copyright-safe images related to Spanish


RealiaProjectLogo.jpg - Culturally authentic images



Infographics



InfografiasEnCastellanoLogo.JPG - A site containing a host of infographics on topics like health and social issues


Informational Texts

CuadernoIntercultural.JPG - Links to articles about cultural perspectives on a host of different topics in Spanish




LecturasAlumno.JPG - This fantastic site (Currículum en línea) from Chile contains informational texts in Spanish related to language arts, mathematics, natural sciences, and visual arts (including some multimedia texts). Once you select the category, the texts are organized by grade level (for Chile).






Literature

EscritoresChilenos.jpg - Links to brief biographies, interviews, short stories, texts, etc., from famous Chilean writers


FullTextsOnlineSpanishLogo.jpg- Very nice collection of Spanish & Latin American literature (navigation on the left)


ImaginaLeeLogo.png - Beautiful site containing readings, interviews, and book trailers in Spanish for a number of famous Spanish-speaking authors (Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Elena Poniatowska, Juan Rulfo, etc.) as well as other authors like Ray Bradbury.


InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif - Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online

LecturasParaLosMayores1A10.JPG - Links to several texts on different topics (including El Cid), followed by interactive comprehension quizzes (See also poesías interactivas)


Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg- Click on the map to launch the animated folktales in a separate tab. Folktales are subtitled in the language in which they are spoken. Some of them offer choices of English or Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, etc.


LecturasAlumno.JPG - This fantastic site (Currículum en línea) from Chile contains literary texts in Spanish related to language arts, mathematics, natural sciences, and visual arts (including some multimedia texts). Once you select the category, the texts are organized by grade level (for Chile).


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LibrivoxLogo.jpg - Select Spanish as the language to access hundreds of culturally authentic stories, poems, and
other texts from a variety of Spanish-speaking authors and genres.

NarrativaRadial.png - Links to essays and stories narrated for radio (some are very imaginative)

PlateroYYo.JPG - Very short passage, followed by a variety of online comprehension activities, which teachers can adapt if they log in

Radioteca.png - Links to audio texts, read/performed by native speakers, and searchable by language, country, topic, and type of text (commentaries, interviews, legends, news, news magazines, radio novels, radio plays, podcasts, poetry, reports, short stories, songs, etc.)


UniversityLibrariesAlbanyLogo.gif - Extensive list of resources for Spanish literature and linguistics


VoiceOfTheShuttleLogo.gif - Links to sites related to literature in Spanish & Portuguese


Magazines


DelearteEmcampos.JPG - Digital magazines (e-zines) about topics such as women, the world cup, and countries around the world


DirectoryOfNewspapers&Magazines.JPG - Directory from around the world


MuyInteresanteLogo.jpg- Brief tidbits about various current events and interesting stories in the news (also available from Spain)



Maps


Maps - A lengthy list of maps from various Spanish-speaking cities by Amy Lenord


Multimedia


AudiriaLogo.gif- A collection of multimedia texts from a variety of different sources (movies, radio, songs, TV) that teachers can use as the basis for activities

Music



AKidsTourOfLatinMusic.JPG - A Google Map with links to videos of both folk and popular music from Spanish-speaking countries around the world



News


AllYouCanRead.png - Magazine and newspaper sites, categorized by country and topic, from 200 countries around the world

DirectoryOfNewspapers&Magazines.JPG - Directory from around the world
KioskoNetLogo.JPG - Links to newspapers from around the world in Spanish


NewseumLogo.jpg - Today's front pages from newspapers around the world


NewspaperMap.JPG - A map that plots the locations of newspapers from around the world--can be filtered by language (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)


SINCLogo.png - This site contains informational texts on natural sciences (biology, earth/space, and geography), technology, biomedicine, math/physics/chemistry, humanities, social sciences, science-related politics, and innovation. The site gives permission (under a Creative Commons License) to copy and distribute the content as long as users credit the site.


Telesur.JPG - Strong coverage of Latin America



20MinutosES.JPG - Short news stories from around the world in Spanish



Poetry


AMediaVoz.JPG - A collection of poetry, organized alphabetically by author, includes a section on Golden-age poetry

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VozYVideoEnPoesiaIberoamericana.jpg - Library of poetry in Spanish read aloud by the authors (or by others)

Posters

Aula.jpg - A collection of culturally authentic posters/infographics in Spanish from a variety of different sources

Riddles


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Texts



Icarito.JPG - Links to a wide variety of texts in Spanish regarding history, geography, and social studies, including contemporary events

LanicLogo.jpg - Latin American Network Information Center - Extensive list of texts in Spanish & Portuguese (organized by country)

mepi_logo.png - Site from Mexico devoted to investigative journalism that contains many informative texts, many of which include charts, graphs, and other visual representations of data. Also contains some videos.


Info-Mania.JPG - Links to articles and units organized based on the Spanish AP themes, along with links for finding lots of other culturally authentic resources in Spanish

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Video Shorts


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Videos



DotSubLogo.jpg - Searchable collection of videos in hundreds of languages from around the world. Choose the 100% option in order to get a subtitled version of the video. You can also select the "country" tab to find videos from a specific country.


SpanishEar.jpg - Videos of native speakers discussing various topics in Spanish

SpinTXLogo.JPG - Videos recorded by native speakers on a variety of topics. Each video comes with a transcript. Students can check off specific grammatical structures on a checklist and they appear as highlighted items in the transcript.



Virtual Tours


MexicoEsCultura.jpg - Virtual library of resources in Spanish which contains, among other things, virtual tours of various places in Mexico



Teaching Resources


CancionesParaElAulaELE.gif - Activities for teaching Spanish grammar through songs


ColorsLogo.png - Magazine available in English and the language of your choice. Each issue is organized around a conceptual theme. Excellent visuals make great bulletin board material if you buy these in your local bookstore instead of viewing online. CAUTION: Much of the material in these magazines is NOT appropriate for classroom use, so teachers should preview and select carefully.

HowToReadAndApproachCulturalDifferencesAndStereotypes.JPG - Handouts from an ACTFL 2010 presentation that contain a comic analysis worksheet form, a comic creation worksheet that asks students to analyze complementarity, contrast, and redundant relationships among images and text, lesson plans, project rubrics, and more. - chericem1 chericem1

MaterialesLogo.jpg - Magazine produced by the Embassy of Spain (also available through the Spanish Resource Center)


RealWorldTextsClementiSandrock.JPG - A PowerPoint presentation from an ACTFL session that contains loads of great examples for engaging students with culturally authentic texts in pedagogically sound ways


SpanishLanguage&CultureLogo.gif - Excellent grammar practice activities based on culturally authentic multimedia materials

Thematic Units from the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center

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..EDU - Search for educational videos in Spanish

ZambombazoLogo.png - Blog by Zachary Jones with links to materials in Spanish that reflect popular culture