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Elena Spathis

High School Spanish Teacher

Elena Spathis is a high school teacher of Spanish in New Jersey. She is dually certified to teach Spanish and English as a second language. Elena earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Modern Greek Studies, as well as a Master’s of Education degree in Language Education from Rutgers University. She recently completed her second Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership with a concentration in English as a Second Language from Rowan University. Currently, she is obtaining her certification in Supervision. Elena is dedicated to lifelong learning and is an avid traveler, as she enjoys immersing herself in new languages and cultures around the world.

As an educator, Elena is passionate about lesson design, and her goal is to create culturally focused lessons that incorporate technology effectively. She aims to promote the use of authentic materials in all of her classes. As a world language teacher, Elena is determined to open her students’ eyes to the power a new language holds. She hopes to develop not only her students’ language skills but also their cultural and global awareness.

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  • Global Education

    4 Ways to Incorporate Culture in World Language Instruction

    This experienced teacher argues places language in its cultural contexts to boost student engagement and learning.
  • Curriculum Planning

    Prepping to Teach World Language Classes Either Online or In Person

    Starting the year by creating a strong community and tapping into the target culture is a good strategy no matter where students are learning.
  • Critical Thinking

    5 Ways to Boost Critical Thinking in World Language Classes

    One way to raise students’ engagement is to ask them to do more work—meaningful work with authentic materials from the target culture.
  • Technology Integration

    6 Top Tech Tools for World Language Classes

    See how to adapt popular apps to get students speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the target language.
  • Teaching Strategies

    5 Ways to Support Struggling Students in World Language Classes

    Students with academic challenges benefit from these simple strategies as they develop confidence using the target language.
  • World Languages

    Station Rotation in World Language Classes

    Setting up activities around the classroom is a popular way to get students collaborating—and it can be used to promote use of a target language.
  • Student Engagement

    More Talking in World Language Classes

    Fostering an environment where it’s OK to make mistakes is step one in getting students to speak a new language.
  • Student Engagement

    Engaging Novice World Language Learners

    Using target language videos, news articles, music, and more can spark engagement even with students who are just getting started.

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