Founder of Esperanza Education. Coordinator of the Spanish for Social Justice Teacher Network. Education Consultant for organizations such as Kwi Awt Stelmexw, UNICEF-Peru, and Innovations for Poverty Action. View full profile.
Gender Inequality in Peruvian Education I am back in Vancouver, Canada after almost a year living in Lima, Peru working for UNICEF. I was very sad to leave Peru, for reasons I will write about in the coming weeks, but it is also very nice to be home. But as (reverse) culture shock goe
A Great Strategy for Private Language Teachers There are many different approaches to language teaching, and especially to private language teaching. Each student is unique and will respond differently to different activities and teaching styles. I’ve written before about the im
A Truly Intercultural Experience For the last 10 days, I have been back in the Cusco region of Peru to present the preliminary results of the research I participated in with UNICEF on Intercultural Bilingual Education. We have been back to the five schools in remote communities that w
Resource Sharing for Progressive Spanish Teachers I am very excited to announce the launch of the Spanish for Social Justice website! A space for teachers to easily find and share resources for teaching social justice in the Spanish classroom. The Spanish for Social Justice Teacher Ne
A Social Justice Tip for English Language Teachers I speak often about incorporating social justice themes into language lessons. For example, recently I posted a list of Spanish social justice subjunctive sentences. This week, I will switch the focus to teaching English modal verbs.
Celebrating Language Diversity and Linguistic Rights Origins of International Mother Language Day Did you know that today is International Mother Language Day? In 1999, UNESCO declared that the day would be celebrated annually on February 21st in order to commemorate a 1952 student de
A Website for Translators, Interpreters, and Learners What is it? Spanish for Social Change is a blog by Sara Koopman, “a feminist political geographer who does collaborative research with international solidarity movements to support their efforts to decolonize the relationship
How to Make the Spanish Subjunctive a Little More Relevant I have written before about how to teach social justice through grammar lessons. Today’s lesson is on the subjunctive in Spanish. Most English speakers groan at the mention of the dreaded “subjunctive”, that
A Great Supplement for Language Learners My partner, Gabe, is here with me in Peru. He had never studied Spanish before coming here and enrolled in classes when we first arrived. But the classes were too expensive for us to maintain long-term so Gabe has had to find other ways to impr
Some Tips for Spanish Learners Ready to Take Risks It’s a new year and the time when many of us set new goals. Perhaps your goal is to learn a new language or to take the language you’re learning to the next level. If that’s the case, I encourage you to take some ris