As an MYP educator, books are both tools and a collection of stories and explorations. A language book that solely encapsulates learning the language through the 4 basic skills without providing opportunities to learn about the language and through the language simply will not encourage learners to transfer and to employ the skills and knowledge they have to take action.
I wanted to write a book for teaching foreign languages that would generate an experience that goes beyond its pages; one that serves as a tool to explore the vast amount of information available in virtual and social environments; one that invites students to question their convictions and cause them to reflect; one that empowers students to establish connections between new information and the knowledge they already possess; one that allows learners to utilize the language they are learning to express their view points on issues of global and local in every interaction they take part in, regardless of the context. Spanish by Concept is a book that offers students and teachers a key to using Spanish as a tool to learn about the world, while encouraging everyone to become a designer of information and a critical thinker.
Moreover, because it’s important for teachers to remain learners, it was important for me to include opportunities for teachers to embrace curiosity and interest in learning alongside students, acting, thus, as an instrument that benefits the constructions of a learning experience in which both teachers and students are vital parts of the co-construction of new ideas.
These were the intentions and ideas behind the creation of Spanish by Concept for the IB MYP: a book for learning in the time of information, connections and networks.
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Images of Spanish By Concept for MYP 4-5, phases 1-2
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The MYP Spanish by Concept suite.