By Maris Hawkins
For this guest post, we are pleased to have Maris Hawkins, a middle and upper school Spanish teacher with an awesome blog hat we just love (definitely check out Maris’ blog after you read this post!). Maris is doing some really creative things with novels and innovative technologies in her classroom, all while teaching to proficiency. We hope you enjoy this special guest post about her suggestions for how to incorporate authentic resources with novels.
Authentic Resources as Introduction
Sprinkling Authentic Resources Throughout the Novel
On Instagram, I found an account called Everyday Bolivia which I used with El Ekeko. It is a combination of photographs of people and landscapes in Bolivia. We can discuss the pictures in the target language and also look at the caption and any response (although always check for appropriateness on social media!) Also, searching around, I found similar accounts for a variety of countries: Costa Rica and Ecuador. If there isn’t an active account, many times the hashtag is active like #everydayspain or #everydayargentina. You may have to search more, but there are some great photos throughout each hashtag.