Say Adios to Your Old Spanish Textbook: Chris Anama-Green Has Written a Brand New One

Posted by Monica Hoel

Don’t like the textbook you’re using in class? Write your own!

That’s what Dr. Chris Anama-Green did.

He noticed that the Spanish textbook he was using didn’t really relate well to his high school kids in Harlan, Kentucky. Textbooks tend to be written in broad terms so they can be sold widely, but the stories and settings used in those books just don’t always relate well to a rural student’s real-world experience.

Chris says another reason he took on the project of writing a new textbook is because the standards for teaching language in Kentucky have changed somewhat; there is now a little less emphasis on perfect verb conjugation and a little more focus on being able to actually communicate in another language. Current textbooks tend to be very “grammar-heavy.”

Cover of Chris Anama-Green's new Spanish textbook, Viajes desde Appalachia.So, Chris and his husband, Emmanuel Anama-Green, set about the business of writing a new Spanish language textbook. Emmanuel also teaches Spanish at Harlan County High School. The new creation relates more naturally to rural Appalachia and makes room for students to talk understandably in the new language they are learning. Viajes desde Appalachia (translated, “Trips from Appalachia”) trades references to a city bus for a scene on a school bus. And it uses town names that are found in Harlan County and surrounding areas – not city names like New York City.

Chris is also really creative in how he teaches his students. In Spanish I his students are required to call hotels in Spanish-speaking countries to ask questions. They have to ask about cost, availability, and what amenities are at the facility. He says he expects more from them than they think they can do, but after they complete the assignment they have newfound self confidence in using their new language skills.

Chris has taught for 6 years, and 5 of those have been spent at Harlan High School. He finished his Ed.D. in education at University of the Cumberlands, and is constantly looking for new ways to challenge and encourage his students. His belief in the abilities of his students is so great, that he created them their very own textbook.

The book is now available for others through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

  • Chris Anama-Green, Emory & Henry Class of 2008

More News

  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1624-remembering-dr-samir-saliba"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,177,194/9360_samir_2.rev.1612295659.jpg" alt="Dr, Samir Saliba, Emory & Henry Faculty Emeritus" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="177" data-max-h="194"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1624-remembering-dr-samir-saliba">Remembering Dr. Samir Saliba</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><strong>Dr. Samir N. Saliba<br/></strong>February 18, 1934 - November 25, 2020</p><a href="/live/news/1624-remembering-dr-samir-saliba" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1432-sundi-smith-herring-eamph-97-participating-in"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,39,273,312/8633_denim_and_diamonds.rev.1602017380.jpg" alt="Sundi Smith Herring E&H Class of 1997" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="273" data-max-h="273"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1432-sundi-smith-herring-eamph-97-participating-in">Sundi Smith Herring (E&H ’97) Participating in Covid Vaccine Trials</a></h4></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/312-class-notes-updated-nov-2017"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,960/3380_gate.rev.1519759668.jpg" alt="E&H campus gates on a foggy morning." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,960/3380_gate.rev.1519759668.jpg 2x" data-max-w="720" data-max-h="960"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/312-class-notes-updated-nov-2017">Class Notes: Updated Nov. 2017</a></h4></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/377-give-us-emory-henry-in-the-city"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/3728_EHCITY_SACREMENTO.rev.1522090608.jpg" alt="Senator Toni Atkins ('84) and Pam Kestner ('83) stole the show with their Patrick Henry Poses!" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/3728_EHCITY_SACREMENTO.rev.1522090608.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="960"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/377-give-us-emory-henry-in-the-city">Give Us Emory & Henry In the City!</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">“E&H in the City” has become part of the E&H lexicon! <a href="/live/news/377-give-us-emory-henry-in-the-city" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/788-trollinger-named-citizen-of-the-year"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/38,0,514,475/6285_Richard_Trollinger.rev.1554994277.jpg" alt="Richard Trollinger, E&H Class of 1971." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="476" data-max-h="475"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/788-trollinger-named-citizen-of-the-year">Trollinger Named Citizen of the Year</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Richard Trollinger (E&H ’71) has been named Danville, Kentucky, citizen of the year. <a href="/live/news/788-trollinger-named-citizen-of-the-year" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1079-mark-arrington-honored-for-innovative-teaching"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,324,278/7177_arrington_2.rev.1574356083.jpg" alt="Mark Arrington, E&H Class of 2002." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="324" data-max-h="278"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1079-mark-arrington-honored-for-innovative-teaching">Mark Arrington Honored for Innovative Teaching</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Mark was honored by VAHPERD as their 2019 Teacher of the Year. <a href="/live/news/1079-mark-arrington-honored-for-innovative-teaching" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1124-mark-lambert-is-a-director-of-university-relations"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,65,591,656/7342_12310066_10206869379466516_4836748579665315978_o.rev.1579024931.jpg" alt="Mark Lambert, E&H Class of 1995" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="591" data-max-h="591"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1124-mark-lambert-is-a-director-of-university-relations">Mark Lambert is a Director of University Relations for Radford University Carilion</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">The merger of Jefferson College of Health Sciences and Radford University was approved in the summer of 2019. <a href="/live/news/1124-mark-lambert-is-a-director-of-university-relations" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1184-real-virtual-support-during-an-unprecedented-time"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,230,291,522/7893_ana_owens.rev.1585765282.jpg" alt="Ana Owens, E&H Class of 2012 (left), with some college friends on the E&H campus." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="291" data-max-h="292"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1184-real-virtual-support-during-an-unprecedented-time">Real-Virtual Support During an Unprecedented Time</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">E&H Alumna, Ana Owens devises a way to support of out-of-work restaurant workers. <a href="/live/news/1184-real-virtual-support-during-an-unprecedented-time" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1553-james-mccracken-is-making-a-difference-where-he"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/35,0,890,854/9226_Headshot_small.rev.1609977744.jpg" alt="James McCracken, E&H Class of 1999." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/35,0,890,854/9226_Headshot_small.rev.1609977744.jpg 2x" data-max-w="855" data-max-h="854"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1553-james-mccracken-is-making-a-difference-where-he">James McCracken is Making a Difference Where He Never Expected to Be</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Dr. James McCracken spent years in scientific laboratories completing his post grad work, and most people figured he was headed for teaching or research. But as it turns out, it was the hardware in those labs that really caught his imagination. <a href="/live/news/1553-james-mccracken-is-making-a-difference-where-he" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/406-kim-cressell-has-the-greatest-shop-on-earth"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/560,0,2016,1455/4145_IMG_0071.rev.1525982477.jpg" alt="Kim Cressell (E&H '93) at The Reserve in Sarasota, Florida." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/560,0,2016,1455/4145_IMG_0071.rev.1525982477.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/560,0,2016,1455/4145_IMG_0071.rev.1525982477.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1456" data-max-h="1455"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/406-kim-cressell-has-the-greatest-shop-on-earth">Kim Cressell has the Greatest Shop on Earth</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">It’s a shop that is far more exciting than retail; but what ARE those red buildings? <a href="/live/news/406-kim-cressell-has-the-greatest-shop-on-earth" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1643-lisa-jordan-honored-by-the-eamph-alumni"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,175,175/9429_lisa_jordan_3.jfif" alt="Lisa Jordan, Emory & Henry Class of 1984" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1643-lisa-jordan-honored-by-the-eamph-alumni">Lisa Jordan Honored by the E&H Alumni Association</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Lisa Jordan, Emory & Henry Class of 1984, has been named the 2021 recipient of the E&H Distinguished Achievement Award, awarded annually by the Emory & Henry Alumni Association. (<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.ehc.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-awards/">Read more about E&H Alumni Awards.</a></span>) <a href="/live/news/1643-lisa-jordan-honored-by-the-eamph-alumni" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"/><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1552-coris-fungs-journey-to-the-us-patent-office-was">Coris Fung’s Journey to the US Patent Office Was Unexpected</a></h4></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/843-decorated-french-teacher-lindsay-pulfer-langett"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2053,2407/6382_lindsey_l.rev.1558464642.jpg" alt="Lindsey Pulfer Langett, E&H Class of 2009" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2053,2407/6382_lindsey_l.rev.1558464642.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2053,2407/6382_lindsey_l.rev.1558464642.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2053" data-max-h="2407"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/843-decorated-french-teacher-lindsay-pulfer-langett">Decorated French Teacher, Lindsay Pulfer Langett, Headed to France</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">This 2009 graduate is grateful to the Bonner Scholars program for the chance to first study abroad. <a href="/live/news/843-decorated-french-teacher-lindsay-pulfer-langett" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1172-randy-colquitt-is-onboard"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,36,481,518/7840_Randal_Colquitt_2.rev.1583849453.jpg" alt="Randy Colquitt, E&H Class of 2018." class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="481" data-max-h="482"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1172-randy-colquitt-is-onboard">Randy Colquitt is Onboard!</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">And as a human resources professional, he’s helping others do the same. <a href="/live/news/1172-randy-colquitt-is-onboard" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1360-got-a-minute-check-out-this-great-story-from"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/8526_chalmer_harper.rev.1599609239.jpg" alt="Chalmer Harper, E&H Class of 2002" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="300"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1360-got-a-minute-check-out-this-great-story-from">Got a minute? Check out this great story from Chalmer Harper (’02)</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary">Chalmer Harper (E&H ’02) recently solved a family mystery: at age 40, he tracked down his birth mother. <a href="/live/news/1360-got-a-minute-check-out-this-great-story-from" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>