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BBC Mundo

BBC Mundo

A weekly selection of topical features from BBC Mundo with links to notes for language learners and complemented with audio files.

The site is ideal for intermediate level proficiencies or higher. It is a great site for enhancing vocabulary and expressions around themes dealing with factual information.

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Courtney Fell
Courtney Fell (Consultant)
9 years ago
This is a valuable resource, especially for more advanced Spanish classes that may be focused on the World today and in which the students are relatively comfortable with the level of Spanish that is used in the media. It is without doubt a real-world website with instructional capabilities and could thus get students more excited about using their Spanish. There is a section, "El mensual: language focus" that does have grammar explanations on topics such as pronouns and adjectives, however the explanations are very brief and general. There are extensive additional vocabulary lists with words in both Spanish and English. It appears that the material may not have been updated since 2006 based on the fact that there is a 2004, 2005 and 2006 "Anuario/Yearbook" but nothing since then.
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Margarita Esparza Hodge
17 years ago
Most of the reading selections can be read and then follwed by listening
activities using the audio files. Even though the reading and listening cover
the same theme, the texts are not identical. The reading text can be used as an
advanced organizer to develop comprehension of the listening skill. The topics
change every week and deal with timely information about events around the
world. Generally, at least one of the readings has the audio component. The
same topics are covered in detail in English if the instructor feels that the
topic requires more in-depth information before or after the target language
reading has been assigned. The audio clips are the voices of Spanish-speaking
people throughout the world which merit the site for having such a remarkable
variety of authentic written and aural texts.

The language notes are invaluable!

Technical Remarks:

The audio clips are clear and precise. It makes it easier to analyze the
speech of the various regional dialects throughout the Spanish-speaking world.