Learning about España
In Imagine Learning Español, young students have a great time learning to read in Spanish.
As students begin their learning paths, they listen to letter and syllable sounds, sing along to captivating songs, and build reading skills in activities made just for them.
But most kids are less familiar with how Spanish is spoken around the world. They might think that every Spanish speaker sounds just like them!
The designers of Imagine Learning Español want to help young readers of Spanish appreciate the wider world that surrounds them.
With this goal in mind, Imagine Learning Español includes cultural activities featuring Spanish-speaking countries around the globe.
Native Countries, Native Speakers
In the United States, we speak English in varied accents, depending on where we were raised. A southern accent sounds quite different from a Wisconsin accent, for example.
The same is true for Spanish speakers around the world; accents vary widely—and so does vocabulary.
Currently as students use Imagine Learning Español, they can hear how Spanish sounds in:
- España (Spain)
- Puerto Rico
While instructional activities feature a neutral Spanish accent, all culture-based activities incorporate regional accents so that students can appreciate language nuances in the wider Spanish-speaking world.
So what might a typical cultural feature look like?
First, a student encounters Lulú, a young female inventor who introduces a new friend via video chat. This new friend lives in one of the countries mentioned above.
Next, students learn about the country, its capital or largest city, and its flag design. Afterward, the narrator describes his or her country in more detail, highlighting typical animals, plants, and foods that a visitor might encounter.
Lulú introduces an Argentinean friend
Typical Colombian dishes
Read-along text appears as the narrator uses new vocabulary or unique cultural references. This text familiarizes students with words that they may see elsewhere in related activities.
Students love learning more about new countries as they learn to read Spanish!
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