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Susan O. Stephan is a credentialed Spanish Teacher in the state of California who earned her Master’s degree in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught in Spain, Japan and the United States. She teaches Spanish at a 7-12 public school in southern California, she also uses her teaching skills with her sons and in her Spanish speaking play groups.

How To Arrange a Spanish Immersion Experience Abroad

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Our family was fortunate to have had the opportunity to once again immerse our children in Spanish by traveling abroad. You may remember that last year we spent the summer in Peru. This summer was spent in Costa Rica. There really is nothing like travel to enhance your child’s language skills and to provide them with global and cultural understanding. Such trips require planning and effort, but the work is well worth it. Since I do not have family livingRead More ...

How Soccer Motivates My Kids To Be Bilingual

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One of the best ways to motivate kids’ Spanish speaking is to find a way to tie the language to their interests. My sons love soccer. My husband grew up playing soccer and loves to watch the games, which is how my sons became interested in the sport. My boys love it, whether it is watching the game, kicking around a ball, or actually playing. Aside from being probably the most popular sport in the Spanish speaking world, there isRead More ...

Why Do We Teach Our Children Spanish?

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  I read with great interest the Wall Street Journal article featured in Spanglishbaby’s Week in Links regarding parents who move to China so that their children can learn and improve their language abilities. Learning another language and experiencing another culture can be a great experience for anyone, and it is especially valuable for children who tend to have an advantage at second language acquisition. The question that I was left with after reading the article was: Why Chinese? NoneRead More ...

Is It Rude to Speak Spanish in Front of Those Who Don’t Understand?

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I really admire my mother-in-law for raising two bilingual children. Her task was especially challenging since she did so in an era when it was not popular to use a language other than English. In fact, she was actually told to stop speaking to her sons in German, her native language. Teachers, and even doctors, said that it would confuse them in school, but she knew better and continued to speak to her sons in German. Her persistence is whyRead More ...

What Is A Spanish Speaker Supposed To Look Like?

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In this country, there is a definite stereotype as to what a Spanish speaker is supposed to look like. The erroneous belief seems to be that only people with dark hair, dark eyes and tan skin speak Spanish. I know that the readers of SpanglishBaby are aware of the great diversity that exists among Spanish speakers, but the reality is that the American public seems to hold fast to their misconceptions. At the school where I teach, the students areRead More ...

Fisher Price Puppy’s Playhouse {Giveaway}

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I love toys that are bilingual.  Not only do they provide a chance for kids to learn, but they also validate the benefits of speaking both Spanish and English. My kids just love knowing that they can speak and understand the languages of the toy. My boys were thrilled with the Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Playhouse.  They had so much fun pushing different buttons and spinning the wheel on his doghouse to discover the different sounds and songs it made.Read More ...

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