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All info about Spanish language
Compañía Nacional de Danza
PlanetScapes
Spanish
Teoria: music theory web
Wikinews: welcome

All info about Spanish language (external website)
Students of Spanish will find this easily navigable site to be a complementary resource for their studies. Maintained by a linguist and teacher of Spanish, new lessons are added each week and readers are invited to establish contact through correspondence. The site has useful links, and information is organised into a number of lessons. The Spanish for beginner’s checklist links to several weeks of lessons, with sections that can be ticked off as completed. Given the broad nature of the material, students will need to supplement their studies with other resources. This site has points of interest for students, and teachers could adapt material to suit syllabus needs, and use it to provide appropriate frameworks. M. Ayas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: Languages
SYLLABUS: Spanish Stage 6: Beginners; Continuers 
SCIS SUBJECTS: Spanish language – Conversations and phrases; Spanish language – Grammar; Spanish language – Pronunciation; Spanish language – Vocabulary
PUBLISHER: All info about, USA
AUTHOR: Laura K. Lawless
REVIEW DATE: 19/03/12 [468.3] SCIS 1105623

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Compañía Nacional de Danza (external website)
This Spanish dance company has produced a visually stunning web site which complements the work of its artistic director, Nacho Duato. Repertoire includes information on Duato’s works, and many videos of dance excerpts which provide a meaningful way to compare Jardi tancat with other works by the choreographer. Also found here are overviews of the works of guest artists such as Jir(í Kylian. As well as giving a brief background to Duato’s Jardí tancat, information can be gleaned about Duato’s choreographic process with other works. The site is useful for Stage 6 Dance students wishing to obtain a broader view of the way in which Duato works, and it will extend their background knowledge of the prescribed artist and his work. R. Kirsten
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; Languages
SYLLABUS: Dance Stage 6; Spanish K–10; Spanish Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Arts, Spanish; Ballet; Dancing – Spanish; Compania Nacional de Danza
PUBLISHER: Compañía Nacional de Danza, Spain
REVIEW DATE: 19/03/12 [792.80] SCIS 1222974

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PlanetScapes (external website)
Animations, high quality graphics, statistical tables, and astronaut interviews are some of the features of this large and intriguing site. Very easy to navigate, it provides an exciting look at all the planets and solar phenomena, and it is geographically comprehensive on the Earth, including the interior of the Earth and various types of volcanoes. The site also includes a section of puzzles but few are concerned with the solar system. Computer generated art, cloud photographs from space, and 3D planetary modeling, such as the first lunar landing, will sustain student interest. Visually appealing and entertaining, the site also contains enough complex detail to be useful for the Space Science option in the Senior Science syllabus. Of interest too, is the site’s availability in five European languages, providing a real context for language students. R. Dircks
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: CA; Languages; Science
SYLLABUS: French Stage 6; German Stage 6; Portuguese Stage 6; Spanish Stage 6; Science 7–10; Senior Science Stage 6; Visual Arts 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Earth sciences;Solar system
PUBLISHER: Calvin J. Hamilton, USA
REVIEW DATE: 19/03/12 [520] SCIS 1175127

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Spanish (external website)
Teachers and students of Spanish will find some of the contents of this site particularly useful. There are online audio visual samples to assist beginners and continuers of Spanish, and Spanish steps is an online course for beginners. The site supports beginners by assisting them in exploring vocabulary and grammar. Contemporary topics offering useful information can be found under News and features. Talk Spanish displays basic day to day dialogue,and Spanish journey uses dialogue related to travel situations. Spanish for work also contains links to a number of practical language activities. This is a valuable site for students. M. Ayas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: Languages
SYLLABUS: Spanish Stage 6: Beginners; Continuers
SCIS SUBJECTS: Spanish language – Conversations and phrases; Spanish language – Grammar; Spanish language – Pronunciation; Spanish language – Vocabulary
PUBLISHER: BBC, UK
REVIEW DATE: 19/03/12 [468.3] SCIS 1105608

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Teoria: music theory web (external website)
Well organised and comprehensive, this interactive site is a valuable resource for competent music students. Tutorials presents music theory in a simple and consecutive format, although knowledge of music jargon is essential to understanding what is happening and to constructive use of the site. Exercises provide drills to develop theory and ear training skills, and this section includes Jazz scales, modes and extended Chords that will benefit even the most experienced musician. The comprehensive Reference section contains articles and many analyses of musical works. All interactive material uses Macromedia Flash, and the site can also be viewed in Spanish. A. Wisdom
USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: CA; Languages
SYLLABUS: CA K–6; Music 7–10; Music Stage 6; Spanish Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Music – Theory – Computer-assisted instruction; Music – Theory – Problems, exercises, etc.
PUBLISHER: J. Alvira, Puerto Rico
REVIEW DATE: 19/03/12 [781] SCIS 1208443

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Wikinews: welcome (external website)
News articles written by amateur journalists form the content of this innovative online newspaper. Writers are given detailed and clear instructions as to the content and style of news reports, and Wikinews:writing an article and Reporter’s tools, have practical application in all English high school syllabuses. The site stresses neutrality in news writing, and contributors can edit material written by others. A very practical writing tool, the site has exceptional value for extension work in English. Clear directions on researching and sourcing material assist the development of required reporting skills. Students will need technical competence to write and edit reports, but the site very clearly explains what, how, and why things are done. The site is available in some European languages, providing contemporary activities for language students. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; Languages
SYLLABUS: English 7–10; English Stage 6; Spanish Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Current events; Electronic publishing; Journalism; News services; Report writing
PUBLISHER: Wikimedia Foundation, USA
REVIEW DATE: 19/03/12 [070.4] SCIS 1208976

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