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MayaWorks en Español

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Tricia There have been 1 comment(s)

Tricia Kelly's Spanish students host a MayaWorks sale to hone their budding language skills while learning about the impact of fair trade on the developing world.

Do you remember your middle school or high school Spanish classes? If they were anything like mine, you were reading old textbook stories about Pablo and his family in Spain,  or you were pretending to order tacos and salsa in a fake Mexican restaurant.  Well, Gracias a Diós, many Spanish classes have come a long way since then and have found ways to make language accessible and relevant to young learners of today.

In my seventh grade classes in Rhode Island, MayaWorks has an integral role in making Spanish fun and meaningful.  We do a semester long study of Guatemala that culminates with a MayaWorks sale in our school. Students study vocabulary lists that include important words and phrases like comercio justo (fair trade), alfabetización (literacy), artesanas (artisans), y dignidad (dignity).  They use the words in essays, stories, and creative class role-plays.

Students also explore the MayaWorks website to learn about the history and mission of the organization and to get to know the importance of supporting Fair Trade in our global market. By the time we set up our sale tables, my students are MayaWorks experts and superb salespeople.  It’s a long way from Pablo in Spain…and we wouldn't have it any other way!


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1 Response to MayaWorks en Español

  • Pat says:

    What a great idea for making a language and a culture come alive. Teaching social justice along with Spanish will make a lifelong impact on these students. Congratulations, Tricia!

    Posted on April 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm