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Ricardo Varguez  from Minnesota – had these fun ideas to share for Valentines Day activities – enjoy!!

Here are some activities in Spanish I created for the Día de los Enamorados (Saint Valentine’s Day).  Warning: Most of them are cheesy! 😉

1. Video Animation: Una carta de amor. Includes questions and 3 fill-in-the blank activities. Good for levels 2-3.
2. Dialogue: El día de San Valentín. Includes audio and 1 fill-in-the blank activity with present subjunctive. Good for levels 3-4
3. Frases de amor quizlet. This is just a Quizlet vocabulary game. Good for all levels.
4. I have also used a song in the past called “Amor del bueno”, by Reyli. It is the cheesiest song ever, but students seem to like it. Here is the link to a short reading passage plus 3 listening activities: Amor del Bueno activities. Good for levels 2-3-4.

Use them if you find them useful. Happy February!

Do you have a fun idea to celebrate Mardi Gras, Foreign Language Week or any other special event?  Send your ideas to president@mafla.org 


Got Bruins?


This past summer, MaFLA member Kristen Russett served on the Bruins I.C.E. School committee and updated the hockey-related lesson plans for French.  The  lesson plans are available on the Bruins’ website at:


They are free and it only takes a few seconds to sign up.  They are suitable for any grade level, but are geared toward beginners (French 1).

The hockey-French relationship is a strong one since so many NHL players are francophone, including the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille, Jordan Caron and coach Claude Julien.  Hockey is a great way to get kids excited about French!  It has really helped me grow my program.  Sign up and help keep French alive in Massachusetts!


Foreign Language Teachers of Western Massachusetts

Here is the link for the blog!  http://fltwm.blogspot.com/  Enjoy ;-)!



NECTFL Webinar Resources ~ New Teacher Tips!

NECTFL offered a webinar on February 15 that addressed the following topics: using the target language in the classroom, effective assessment and activities, information gap activity and homework resources, differentiated instruction and professional growth.  The webinar took place at 4:00 pm and lasted an hour.  The panel included Janice Dowd (retired FL Administrator, NJ), Lynn Fulton-Archer (elementary FL teacher, SC) and Tiesa Graf (FL Department Chair/teacher, MaFLA President). Three methods classes and more than 75 participants signed up for the webinar.

Find NECTFL Webinar ‘handouts’ here:  http://www.nectfl.org/NEWTEACHERWEBINAR.htm

OR download Tiesa’s handout here:  GRAF Webinar handout


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