Thursday, May 19, 2011

Teaching Spanish

I just got a job at an all boys Catholic high school to teach Spanish. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, they are getting rid of all their text books and supplying the students with iPads. They want to get rid of the textbooks so that they can offset the cost of buying the iPads and the entire Spanish curriculum is going to be built around (free) online materials. What do you think of that? Give me your opinion in the comments. Also, if you know of any great websites that teach Spanish, please, feel free to mention those as well.




  1. Having only one item, such a tablet like the Ipad, will definitely make the students' backpacks a lot lighter, but it kind of makes me sad that books are becoming a thing of the past, like the scroll. Books are wonderful and, as you know, a weakness of mine, so I guess that is just me speaking from a personal bias. Will future generations know what it is to check out a book from a library? Will they feel the excitement that comes from getting a new textbook full of the potential learning experiences of the courses they are taking?

    Congrats on the job, by the way. It is so exciting, getting your first teaching job. At least, I was excited when I got mine. Heck, I have been pretty excited about each and every one of my teaching jobs. New kids. New faculty to befriend... new classroom to make your own. Very exciting.