How to Learn Spanish: A guide to powerful principles and strategies for successful learning and self-empowerment (Hikari Press, 2021) is a comprehensive guide to effective and enjoyable language learning. The book is an easy read, inspirational and action-oriented. It teaches powerful language learning principles and strategies for:
It draws on my more than 20 years’ experience of teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and the research in second language acquisition, cognitive psychology and educational neuroscience.
Printed copy and ebook available at Amazon and many other good bookstores.
You can buy printed copies for UK directly from María Blanco Coaching. Please order the copies via the Get in touch page. Pricing £8.99 + postage (£2.40 Second class, £2.70 First class).
How to Teach Language Learning Strategies: 4 simple steps for successful independent language learning (Lightwork Press, 2021) is written for teachers and coaches of languages interested in enabling their students to become skilful and confident independent language learners, self-regulate, and enjoy the language learning process.
I discuss succinctly the rationale for teaching language learning strategies (LLS), what LLS to teach, and how to teach LLS. The last chapter also contains a list of strategies that can be used to design LLS training sessions, and the appendix has a selected bibliography for those who would like to research the topic in more depth.
Ebook available at Amazon stores.
How to Learn Spanish is so far the best book on learning strategies I’ve read. It’s easy and enjoyable to read, and it really helped me change my perspective on studying Spanish. It increased my understanding of the strategies that I’ve already used, and now I feel more confident and motivated to use them. I also learned how I can alter them to gain even more, but also, I have many new ideas that I would like to try during my next course.
- Zuzanna Grzeskowiak, Student of Spanish
I met Maria at an online seminar and was inspired by her energy and passion for teaching Spanish. "How to Learn Spanish" is full of great ideas and practical examples on how to become a better student of Spanish, or anything else. As a teacher, it helped me to refresh some of my ideas and see the learning process from the student's side too. Well written and engaging, I fully recommend it to both teachers and students of Spanish.
- Amazon Review