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Spanish for Educators

Spanish for Educators
Author/Publisher: M.S., William C. Harvey
Emphasis: Dictionary
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This book will help teachers, counselors, administrators, and other school employees communicate with students who have Spanish as their first language and speak little or no English. Expanded and updated in this new edition, the book introduces the fundamentals of Spanish conversational speech and word order. Next it familiarizes the reader with often-used phrases that relate to everyday school situations. Separate chapters emphasize Spanish words and phrases that are most useful for dealing with preschool and elementary-grades students, and then for middle school and high school students. Remaining chapters deal with words and phrases pertaining to guidance counseling, health issues, career guidance, college assistance, and extracurricular activities. For teachers who have no Spanish but need to pick up Spanish communication skills in a hurry, here is an ideal way to start.

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If you’re a teacher, a counselor, or an administrator and you regularly communicate with students and parents whose first language is Spanish . .

And if you currently have little or no skill in conversational Spanish . . .

Open this book and discover how easy it is to learn.

Spanish for Educators will familiarize you with often-used phrases that relate to everyday school situations. You’ll find Spanish words and phrases pertaining to guidance counseling, health issues, career guidance, college assistance, and extracurricular activities. Separate chapters emphasize the most useful Spanish words and phrases for dealing with preschool and elementary-grades students. Following chapters focus on conversational Spanish for educators on middle school and high school levels. Here’s a quick, informal, and practical way to get started in the conversational Spanish you need as an educator.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (November 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764135511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764135514
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review:

    3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Good if you know some Spanish
I liked this book because it has vocabulary specific to education so I could brush up on certain words I might need to use. One thing that I thought was lacking was vocabulary needed for Parent/Teacher conferences. I thought there was a lot about talking to students, but not much about talking about them with parents.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A must have for any educator of Spanish speaking students.
I found this book to be very helpful as a resource in my classroom. With several Spanish speaking students (preschool) I repeatedly returned to this book for answers. I do have some knowledge of Spanish. I can see how this book could not be as helpfull to an educator with little or no Spanish language background. It was very relevant to school situations. I have used it as a resource when dealing with students from 2 years old to 20 years old. Every school should be required to have this wonderful book available to its educators.


Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Useful if you have had prior experience w/Spanish.
As a special education teacher in an inner city school, I am in constant contact w/the parents of my students, most of whom are of Hispanic descent.

Since I have had prior experience w/Spanish, I am able to make good use of this resource. The authors provide vocabulary and phrases for a pretty good number of school situations. I think they wrote this book under the presupposition that the user would construct their own sentences w/the vocabulary and phrases provided.

Which leads me to one of the big weaknesses of this book. The authors would have done well to use conversation vignettes to introduce the topics they cover as giving the reader a context for use would go a long way to assimilating this vocabulary. As it stands now, this book is a glorified dictionary and phrase book; there was a better way to present a book of this nature that would have been far more useful than what it is in its current form.


Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Nearly worthless
This book should be called "Spanish vocabulary for educators" as that's about all it offers. An occasional poorly presented grammar lesson is thrown in. At one point Mr. Harvey says a grammatical concept is too hard to explain so just find some Spanish speaking people and listen to them. I would have the exact quote (which I did when I wrote to the publisher about this insult to educators) but I threw the book out. Don't waste your money on this piece of trash; a good dictionary will serve you better.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Very good
Most language courses give you a lot of words and phrases which are needed if you are a tourist. This one concentrates on what you need if you work in the schools. The author writes very clearly and the lessons follow a natural progression. Everything I learned here was useful. A very good investment. Get the book with the tapes. They are well worth it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Translated educational vocabulary commonly used in schools.
This easy to use book helps even the Spanish illerate speak and converse. With easy to access vocabulary and phrases, you will be on your way to making your Spanish speaking parents and students feel welcome in your school. Everything from discipline to the clinic is covered in this book. I would like to see a copy in all of our school buildings to make easy references and translations for our parents and students.


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