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To become a trained citizenship teacher you need to gain Qualified Teacher Status. The most popular way to gain this status is to do a degree in a subject related to what you want to teach (for citizenship this includes politics, philosophy, economics, law and other social sciences).
Although there are no federal standardized requirements to teach U.S. citizenship classes, teachers should have the skills to teach both the civics and literacy subject areas covered by the naturalization exam.
In addition, teachers should have the necessary skills to teach speakers whose English is a second language. Despite the lack of standardized requirements to teach U.S. citizenship classes, many resources and course are available to prepare teachers.


The civics portion of citizenship classes covers civics, geography, government and history subjects. Teachers must prepare students for the written and oral portion of the naturalization exam. Some teachers use a general curriculum that covers these subjects in a way that prepares students to be knowledgeable and active citizens, while other teachers focus on the questions they know will be asked on the written civics exam.
The first approach prepares students best for the oral interview and their future lives as citizens, while the second approach prepares students for the written exam. Therefore, teachers should be skilled in both approaches to give their students the best possible class.



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(1) Become Connected!
Social Media Sites to Connect with other WL Teachers:
EdModo, Twitter, LinkedIn, Thinkfinity, Edutopia, Pinterest 
Explore what the social media world has to offer, in terms of helping to find resources and activities to really enhance my students communication skills.
EdModo & Pinterest can be the most helpful . Any of the tools will link you to thousands of WL teachers who do what you do each day and many are willing to share
(2) NJ DOE- Technology Toolbox
*Thinking about implementing technology into your next assessment? The NJ DOE breaks down all of the different types of technologies available online, within different categories.
(3) ACTFL- Web Watch
*A site to visit with some great ideas on what is emerging on the web right now. There are many other helpful areas on the site, so feel free to browse!
(4) Zachary Jones– Authentic text, videos & useful activities
*Click on “Panorama tematico” on the right side. This site is constantly updated with different authentic tools to use with students. My favorite is his “Twiccionario” section.
(5) Spanish 4 Teachers
*Recently discovered this site and I’m finding the power point section to be quite resourceful.
*I know, I know. What is this teacher thinking? A textbook link! However, Realidades online offers downloadable- EVERYTHING! Music (Canciones de HipHop), activities & integrated performance assessments- all in one place! Also, for another resource of fun music, visit: http://www.senorwooly.com/
(7) Professional Development Videos
*Don’t wait for your district to bring the presenters to you, check out either of these sites and learn from any of the amazing teachers featured here.
(8) Revistas- TECLA 
*I especially like the magazines featured here because they are authentic. I would recommend these to intermediate or advanced level learners.
(9) Videos ELE
*Teaching about food? the city? the airport? Find some great free online videos, which include teacher resource packets & even games!
(10) NY State Proficiency Exams
*Here is the archive of past NY State Proficiency Exams given. They use authentic realia throughout their exams, which you can “borrow” and use with your own students.
(11) Spanish Proficiency (Listening) – Univ. of Texas & BBC
*Students can always use more practice in listening. Set up on this website, you have a very wide variety of native speakers describing different experiences or sharing their thoughts. A written transcription is also provided.
(12) MFL Sunderland Resource Page 
*I came across this website last year. Thank you to the creators who posted & shared from Sunderland. *Resources in other languages as well
(13) CLEAR- Univ. of Michigan- Rich Internet Applications
*If you want to record your students speaking, this is a great website designed to help you do just that! As the teacher, you can set it up to have interpersonal communication by recording videos with questions and having the students answer. Or students can complete a presentational task by describing a topic of your choice. Students must have access to a computer & working microphone/camera installed. If this doesn’t seem realistic for you, website option #14 may work better.
(14) Google– Voice, Docs, Forms, Drive, Maps, YouTube (TeacherTube)
*If you have not yet taken advantage of all the wonderful things Google has to offer, what are you waiting for? Google Voice- Students dial a telephone number and leave you a “message”. Google Docs is used for students to collaborate & store their documents all online. Google Forms can be used to take polls from students or give a quiz! Google Maps allows you to take a trip around the world, from your computer. And YouTube, hopefully you know about YouTube by now-create playlists to store all of your favorites. TeacherTube is also user friendly.
(15) Todo ELE
*Caution– This website can be overwhelming. I spent one of many evenings, looking through different sites and links they have provided. FULL of great resources.
(16) Live Television from Spain
*You don’t need cable to watch TV nowadays. Check out these live TV feeds from Spain. Also, to keep up with current global trends, here is a newspaper link (recommended for intermediate & advanced levels) http://www.prensaescrita.com/newspapers/
(17) Quizlet- Online flashcards 
*Students can create their own flashcards or you can search by textbooks, themes or grammatical concepts. I like to select flashcard sets with pictures, instead of Spanish to English only.
(18) Mary Glasgow Magazines (Scholastic)
*If you are looking for leveled magazines, Scholastic offers a teacher subscription. There are other great magazines available for language learning as well.
(19) World Language Clip Art
*I’m always looking for clip art and images to help me with my daily teaching. Here are just a few that I’ve found to be quite useful.
(20) Graphic Organizers (in Spanish)
*When students are reading in Spanish or making comparisons, it is without question that I utilize some sort of graphic organizer with them, to assist with comprehension.
For even more sites & ideas of how to implement technology into your classroom, on my teacher webpage in my school district, I post to a section titled, “mar-tecnologia” otherwise known as “Techie Tuesday”. Each week, I give students different tips on using technology and Spanish outside of our classroom. There will be future updates 🙂
Other Blogs/Sites of Interest:
The Comprehensible Classroom– http://martinabex.com/
The Creative Language Class http://creativelanguageclass.wordpress.com/
***Feel free to add your own thoughts, suggestions & ideas to this post****
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33 thoughts on “Top 20 Websites Spanish Teachers SHOULD know about! And USE! :)

1.                              Gracia Delgado-Lavallee
Querida Señorita Rodriguez:
Me encanta tu “blog” hay muchisima informacion util. Muchisimas gracias por compartir tus cositas!
Con todo cariño
Here’s my blog: Teaching & Learning Spanish http://teachinglearningspanish.blogspot.com It’s like my online file cabinet. I started it in 2008.
2.                              Lisa
The link for the mar-tecnologia site does not seem to be working. Do you have another one? Thanks!
website, since it is closed for the summer. Feel free to use any of the ideas with your future classes or colleagues. Enjoy the summer!
(cada martes)
Objetivo: Usar español fuera de nuestra clase y con una forma de tecnología.
9 de octubre- Using Audio Drop Box or other internet recording tools to record your voice in Spanish.
16 de octubre-Adding a “Learn Spanish” app to your “smart” device.
23 de octubre- Using Google Docs to collaborate with peers.
13 de noviembre- Joining EdModo to communicate & share opinions in Spanish
20 de noviembre- Posting a question to our class in Spanish using EdModo; Adding EdModo app to our smart phone
27 de noviembre- Completing online quizzes in Spanish using our textbook website (Accessing the textbook electronically)
4 de diciembre- Using Quizlet to create helpful flashcards online!
11 de diciembre- Listening to Spanish Radio Stations (Through the radio, the internet or our phones- different music apps)
18 de diciembre-Changing our cell phones to Spanish. Set the language to: Español or add a Spanish keyboard, to text in Spanish!
8 de enero-Creating a PodCast in Spanish! See the Student Podcast Tab for more information!
15 de enero-Designing your own Avatar/Cartoon Comic Strip in Spanish!
websites: http://www.bitstrips.com/
22 de enero-Check out an online Spanish pronunciation guide! Listen to native Spanish speakers say different words with their authentic accents.
website: http://www.forvo.com/
29 de enero-Using Google Voice- You can call a designated number & leave a voicemail in Spanish from your phone!
5 de febrero- Accessing books & stories online or downloading for a reading device. You can also visit your local library or bookstore to borrow or purchase books in Spanish (in print).
12 de febrero-Watch/Listen to live TV channels from Spain through the Internet. http://www.rtve.es/noticias/directo/canal-24h/
19 de febrero- Sending a text message to someone in Spanish OR creating a “pretend” text to & from someone in Spanish.
26 de febrero-Creating a “meme” in Spanish. Go ahead, be creative!
5 de marzo- Need to check the weather? Why not look it up in Spanish! http://espanol.weather.com/
12 de marzo- Music videos in Spanish- A website called “Lyrics Training” allows you to play music videos in Spanish and it posts the song lyrics right below. You have to type in what is missing! Here is one of my favorite Spanish bands: La Oreja de Van Gogh!
19 de marzo- Using an iPad, download the “Sock Puppet” app and create your own unique sock puppet speaking in Spanish!
26 de marzo- Staying in Marlboro over spring break? You can still see places around the world! Using Google Earth or Tourwrist (app) to get a neat view of real places in Spanish speaking countries. Travel globally and take a tour without leaving your home!
2 de abril- Get to know some sites with Spanish podcasts-
9 de abril- Create a “word cloud” in Spanish. (using worlde.com)
16 de abril- Using social media to communicate in Spanish. Tweet in Spanish! #espanolesfantastico @SrtaNRodriguez
23 de abril- Collaborate with others instantly in Spanish- websites like: Edmodo (post opinions, respond to others), TodaysMeet (discussion forum), Socrative (question/answer) /Infuselearning, Pollseverywhere (create a poll)
30 de abril- Researching different Spanish speaking singers, actors or artists, using es.wikipedia.org
6 de mayo- In honor of Art Appreciation week- Create your own “Picasso” head- http://www.picassohead.com/create.html
or take a virtual tour of this Art Museum!
13 de mayo-Viewing Digital Stories online, in Spanish from former students.
de mayo- Creating our own digital stories using FRAMES software (in class)
27 de mayo- Creating your own website to showcase your Spanish accomplishments from this past year! (eportfolios/digital portfolio) Then make a QR code, to link the world to your site! (http://qrcode.kaywa.com/)
Using Animoto (website: http://animoto.com/) to create your own unique video in Spanish!
3.                              dissertation Writing
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4.                              cesar
Hola Srta Rodriguez!
I am César Alvarez I am a Spanish teacher from Spain currently working in San Francisco. Congratulations on your blog there are great ideas for us teachers!. I write songs to teach Spanish and i have created a very fun website to teach/learn Spanish. Please take a look at it! http://www.rockalingua.com
5.                              Gary
I’m not a teacher, but a student and I still find this to be helpful for self study!
6.                              KC Bird
There is a new cool resource for Spanish teacher actually for all foreign language teachers, I love the games so do my kids http://www.lingohut.com
7.                              Lacey
Muuuuuuuuuchísimas gracias por compartir!!!! I just got hired as a part-time Spanish teacher in the midst of finishing up my licensure/Master’s program. I am in over my head to say the least, but this blog is going to ensure my survival — I am sure of it 🙂 Thank you thank you thank you.
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9.                              Mª Encarnación
¡Muchísimas por escribir este blog!
Quiero compartir una página web, Rockalingua, tiene vídeos con canciones y dibujos animados, hojas (worksheets) y juegos muy apto para enseñanza de Español en escuela primaria o principio de secundaria.
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13.                         Suzanne
¡Hola! I have a new website which has 330 teaching resources on it and is growing daily – please take a look at http://www.spanishteachertoolbox.com
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15.                         Janelle Afrasiab
Great resources I’m always looking for new sites. Unfortunately most of the sites I’m finding are not updated regularly. I’m going to see if I can change that and see how regular I’ll get about updating subdays.com. Thanks for this list of places to check out.
16.                         Niki Tottingham
These are all such great resources. Thank you for sharing! I always get such great ideas from other Spanish teachers. I also have my own blog called ‘Mejor Dicho’ that focuses on the elementary Spanish classroom. Visit it at: http://www.nikitottingham.com/
17.                         Mayling Cardenas
Fantastic Website!!! Thank you for sharing!
18.                         Suzy
Fantastic list! I’d love to include a quote from you in a round-up post I’m writing for TakeLessons.com, with tips for Spanish students. I could not find your email address, so if you’re interested in helping, please email me at sstgeorge@takelessons.com so we can chat! Thanks! 🙂
19.                         Adi Bitar
Thanks for sharing your information.
20.                         Candace Denton
The link for the Creative Language Class Blog has changed to http://www.creativelanguageclass.com. Love her stuff!
21.                         Roxana Ramos
Hola, muchas gracias por el lindo blog, es información muy importante.
Quisiera consultarte que requisitos piden para ser profesor de Español en escuelas de USA
Muchas gracias
22.                         Ana Maria Ferri
Hi everyone! Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing. I will leave below my Spanish Blog site for you to take a look at. If you like it, please let me know by providing a “like” on the facebook link. Thanks a lot!
23.                         fieldam1
Muchísimas gracias por compartir!!
24.                         Sarah
I found a new web page the other day that focuses on the new gcse / AS-Level exams. I really liked the design and the translation activities. The newsletter they sent with the new releases means I don’t have to search for topical resources as they seem to be releasing new topical stuff as we are teaching it.
25.                         Oliver Antosch
It has some nice features like your own word lists, mouseover explanations, a loop flashcard feature and a text analyzer.
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27.                         Brandon Davis
Muchísimas gracias por la información! This is really great stuff to know for my future classroom! I’ve never heard of about 14 of these sites but they all seem very productive and very useful!
Brandon Davis
28.                         Dominguez
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Teachers should either be skilled in teaching speakers of English as a second language with variable English skills, or partner with another teacher who is. Many students will have little English, while others have none.
TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), ESL (English as a second language) and EFL (English as a foreign language) coursework and certification is good preparation for teaching U.S. citizenship classes. Some classes are taught bilingually, so skill with a second language can be helpful.
Teachers must also prepare students for the literacy portions of the naturalization exam, where they must demonstrate the ability to speak, read and write English. Most citizenship courses combine the literacy and civics elements of the naturalization test into one course. Most classes include practice reading aloud, writing, vocabulary development and role-playing the naturalization interview process.

Naturalization Process

In addition to preparing students for the U.S. citizenship test, teachers should be familiar with the naturalization process. They will need to be able to explain how to become a citizen and the benefits of becoming a citizen. They refer students to appropriate attorneys for legal advice, as well as be familiar with other community programs that will help guide and prepare their students.

Curriculum Preparation

Many resources are available to equip teachers with the skills and materials necessary to prepare and deliver a successful citizenship class. Free online classes are offered to teachers by elcivicsonline.org and literacynetwork.Verizon.org. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website offers flash cards, links, study sheets and many other materials to help prepare teachers to teach U.S. citizenship classes.

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Teachers, volunteers, and other adult educators play a critical role in helping ... Understand the process and steps involved in becoming a U.S. citizen. ... like to help immigrants adjust to life in the United States and prepare for citizenship.

Teachers, volunteers, and other adult educators play a critical role in helping immigrants prepare for U.S. citizenship. USCIS has developed a variety of resources to support these efforts. In this section, you will find information on the naturalization process and test and other supplemental classroom-based materials. Professional development opportunities and other learning options are also available. To get started, explore the links below.
Find USCIS print and multimedia materials to supplement classroom instruction.
Download civics lesson plans with handouts and games.
Find a free workshop or training event in your area.
Understand the process and steps involved in becoming a U.S. citizen.
Resources for community, faith-based, and civic organizations and employers who would like to help immigrants adjust to life in the United States and prepare for citizenship.
Enhance your skills with free online training and professional development tools.
Find links to lesson plans and resources for teachers, newspapers and media resources, and primary documents.

ESL Teacher Career Guide

English as a second language (ESL) teachers work with non-native speakers to help students learn to speak, read, and write in English. They may work in public or private schools, language academies, or teach private lessons out of their home or the homes of students. ESL students can be found in all age ranges, from children to adults. This guide provides further information on what ESL teachers do, how to become one, and the industry’s salary and outlook.

ESL Teacher Job Description

An ESL (English as a second language) teacher or ELL (English language learner) teacher is responsible for providing lessons and support to students who are learning English as a second language. Often ESL teachers use a real-life context to help students grasp the complexities of the language. ESL teachers must be adaptable, creative, and sensitive to the cultural differences expected when working with students from foreign countries. Often, those who teach English as a second language also act as mentors and advisors to students who are just getting established in a new environment.

ESL Teacher Requirements & Common Tasks

Teachers of ESL plan and deliver lessons and assess students on their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. They might teach an entire class or teach students in small groups. ESL teachers organize activities and administer and grade tests. They work with child and adult students of varied ages from diverse backgrounds. Some adult students may have been highly educated in their native country, while others may have little formal education. A flexible teaching style that adapts to varied student needs is a valuable skill for an ESL teacher. Excellent communication skills are also important.
Besides instructing students in English, ESL teachers must prepare their class lesson plans, complete related paperwork, and stay informed with changing teaching methods and standards. Because of the increasing use of technology in the classroom, ESL teachers need proficiency in computers and various classroom technologies. As with most teachers, teachers of English as a second language often spend nights and weekends grading papers, planning their lessons, conducting activities, and meeting with parents and other school faculty. Teachers of adult learners specifically may be required to teach classes outside of regular working hours, since adult students often work during the day.

How to Become an ESL Teacher

All states require that public school ESL teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree, which may be in English as a second language or a related subject. Depending on the position, a master’s degree may also be required. Education and training with a focus on teaching adults, linguistics, or second-language acquisition is preferred. In public school districts, ESL teachers are required to obtain state teacher certification, commonly with an ESL or ELL endorsement. The typical path to this career is as follows:
1.          Earn a bachelor’s degree in English as a second language or a related subject, such as teaching English to speakers of other languages.
2.          Complete a student teaching internship in an ESL setting.
3.          Take your state’s tests for teacher licensure with an endorsement in ESL.
4.          Apply for your teaching license.
5.          Begin applying to open positions for ESL teachers.
ESL degree programs include classes in subjects dealing with the history of the English language, the way that the language has changed and is still changing, and strategies on how to teach the language to people whose first language is not English. Other ESL degree coursework includes teaching reading and comprehension skills and successfully teaching students from diverse cultural backgrounds. ESL programs also instruct students on how to integrate teaching English with other subjects, such as science, mathematics, and history. Those who have a bachelor’s degree in another subject but would like to teach K-12 ESL classes may be able to qualify for a license by earning a master’s degree.

ESL Teacher Salary and Job Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salary for elementary school and high school teachers is $54,550 and $57,200 respectively.1,2 The BLS also reports that adult literacy teachers, a category that includes adult ESL teachers, earn an average median salary of $50,280.3Wages are directly affected by job location, training and experience, and available funding for ESL programs. Job openings for ESL teachers are higher in states with larger non-native English populations, such as New York, Florida, California, and Texas. While the US Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t provide projections specifically for ESL teachers, it does estimate a 6% increase in elementary and high school teacher jobs by 2024.1,2 Adult literacy teacher jobs, including those in ESL, are expected to increase by 7% through 2024.3

Teaching a World Language

20 Websites Spanish Teachers SHOULD know about! And USE! :)

This is my first experience “blogging” but I feel that there are many people out there doing the same and I wanted to become part of this collaborative & resourceful venue.
Recently, I attended a conference hosted by our state’s Foreign Language association. It left me inspired but also wanting to share more with other World Language teachers. I generated a short list of what I have found to be quite useful when teaching Spanish, that is available online and is FREE! 🙂
So, here are my “top” websites. Today is March 17th, 2013, a year from now, interestingly enough- this list may be veryvery different.
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