There are many useful online resources for Spanish teachers on the Internet. I want to share with you seven of the most common online tools recommended by Spanish teachers. Each MFL (modern foreign language) tool is presented with corresponding resource links.
If you are wondering what kind of digital resources you can use, here’s the basic list:
- Video channels,
- the websites with learning resources,
- great teachers’ blogs,
- online games,
- dictionaries and more.
This post will be updated from time to time to share additional recommendations that I receive from teachers.
1 – Youtube Channels:
Spanish Playground – Videos and songs for teaching Spanish to children. Kids learn vocabulary and verbs from beautiful videos. All videos are supported by printable materials and suggestions for using the songs with children learning Spanish.
An example – Spanish Words Kids Love series:
A Green Mouse – A GREEN MOUSE French, Spanish and English language resources offer accessible listening practice for children backed-up by subtitles, captivating pictures, and ‘stories’ to enthuse children and relate language learning to everyday life.
An example – Food & Drink (Spanish/English):
ButterflySpanish – native Spanish speaker will learn you vocabulary, useful phrases, pronunciation, grammar.
An example – Months:
Vocabuflash – short stories, vocabulary, grammar in videos.
An example – Months (vocabulary):
NOTE: you can download videos from YouTube and use them with the SmartClass+ language platform while creating individual exercises: https://smartclasscommunity.robotel.com/2014/02/17/youtube-class-tips-part-1/
2 – Great teachers’ blogs:
Spanish Playground – http://spanishplayground.net/
Spanish Playground is a source of supplemental material, activities, songs, and games. You will find recommendations for music and books. There are also links to authentic language activities which are appropriate for, or can be adapted to, Spanish language learners. The materials on Spanish Playground include: Picture book suggestions,Games, Songs, Online games and activities, Learn Spanish with Pictures.
Perpetual Beta – http://perpetualbet.blogspot.cz/
This blog addresses a wide range of topics related to EdTech. It focuses on how technology can make teaching and learning more efficient and attractive. Each week, you will find updates about useful links for Spanish and many other ideas for intermediate and advanced spanish students. For example, a list of online activities for practicing vocabulary: https://www.diigo.com/user/cronopias/vocabulario
3 – Audio and podcasts (free on-line radio shows):
Notes in Spanish – http://www.notesinspanish.com/
Notes in Spanish is designed to help you learn the real Spanish you’ll never find in a textbook or classroom. The accompanying worksheets are designed to back up and help you to remember what you learn in the audio. Download is possible.
Spanish Obsessed – http://spanishobsessed.com/audio/
Collection of Spanish audio lessons and podcasts, for all levels. Many of the podcasts also come with notes and transcriptions. Download is possible.
Audiria – http://audiria.com/
Audiria is an online tool which freely supports your learning of Spanish, offering podcasts to increase your knowledge of the language.
4 – Websites:
Free spanish resources for children – videos, lessons, worksheets to cover basic vocabulary. More in these sections: Hobbies, Sports, Eating etc., Food & Drink resources, The Holidays!, Spanish Prepositions, The Seasons – The Weather, KS2/KS3 Spanish Stories, Activities.
BBC | Languages | Spanish – http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/index.shtml
Spanish vocabulary, spanish grammar, spanish for children, many videos with tapescripts, crossword with audio and more.
5 – Online dictionaries:
wordreference.com – http://www.wordreference.com/es/
diccionarios.com – http://www.diccionarios.com/
6 – Online games:
digitaldialects.com – http://www.digitaldialects.com/Spanish.htm
This website features free to use online games for learning languages. Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets. As well as for intermediate and advanced learners.
Que Onda Spanish games – http://www.queondaspanish.com/games
Games from Que Onda Spanish is pretty fun and similar to playing in an actual arcade. All you need to do is pick a category and a lesson then start.
- Hangman – http://www.queondaspanish.com/hangman
- Whack a word – http://www.queondaspanish.com/whack_a_word
- Word search – http://www.queondaspanish.com/word_search
- Memory / concentration – http://www.queondaspanish.com/games
7 – Spanish jokes for kids:
First jokes for children learning spanish – http://spanishplayground.net/jokes-children-learning-spanish/
10 jokes about animals – http://spanishplayground.net/spanish-jokes-kids-animals/
More jokes for children learning spanish – http://spanishplayground.net/more-jokes-children-learning-spanish/
Do you have more tips from your classroom? Share them with us under comments.
Veronika, trainer, passionate teacher, blogger, member of smartclasscommunity team