Las Lengüitas Lending library
for spanish learners
Research in language acquisition shows that the most effective way to learn a language is CONSISTENT and COMPREHENSIBLE exposure to the language, but how are you supposed to do that outside of class time? Especially if you don't speak Spanish yourself?!. The resources in our lending library are specifically designed for you!. By checking out library items while enrolled in class, you can help your child by exposing them to comprehensible Spanish throughout the week in the convenience of your own home.
We have books, music cds & dvds available for check-out.
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Tips for Reading to teach Language
- Use the pictures to assist comprehension. Point, gesture or change your tone of voice to help your child understand the language.
- Take advantage of cognates. Cognates are words that are very similar in both languages, such as elephant/elefante, bicycle/bicicleta, class/clase or circle/círculo. By using cognates, you can instantly understand thousands of words that you didn’t know you knew.
- Keep languages separate. Don't translate or explain in English. I know you mean well. You want to help your child understand, and it's hard to see your child not understand but your child NEEDS to create meaning on their own. I repeat, you child NEEDS to create meaning on their own. This is the only way acquisition will happen. Remember, by translating or explaining in English you are teaching them about Spanish, not helping them acquire the language for communication.
- Do your best! Don't worry about perfect pronunciation or having an accent. Your efforts will demonstrate the value you see in learning Spanish. If you have questions about how a word is pronounced or how to make your mouth create a sound that doesn't exist in English (the dreaded "rolling your r's" among others) please ask. We can tell you exactly how to place your tongue to create a flawless Spanish sound. Remember: imperfect pronunciation is ALWAYS better than no Spanish at all!
- Read, re-read and read again! We need to hear words used many, many times before we are able to remember them and many more times before we can use them. Think of your child as a vessel being filled up with language. You have to fill that vessel for a long time, all the way to the very top, before anything will spill out. Remember that repetition and interesting context are two key components to learning any language. Re-reading stories, especially their favorites, provides just that!
Lending Library guidelines:
- Books can be checked out at any time.. All books are due by the last class of the month.
- Please limit your selection to no more than 2 books per child.
- A fee of $5 per book/music cd or $10 per dvd will be charged for any item not returned in usable condition.