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

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2037-andrew-mcclung-reporter-and-story-teller"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/765,40,1859,1134/10327_IMG_8505.rev.1632857131.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/765,40,1859,1134/10327_IMG_8505.rev.1632857131.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/765,40,1859,1134/10327_IMG_8505.rev.1632857131.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/765,40,1859,1134/10327_IMG_8505.rev.1632857131.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/765,40,1859,1134/10327_IMG_8505.rev.1632857131.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/765,40,1859,1134/10327_IMG_8505.rev.1632857131.jpg" alt="Andrew McClung Emory & Henry Class of 2019" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/765,40,1859,1134/10327_IMG_8505.rev.1632857131.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/765,40,1859,1134/10327_IMG_8505.rev.1632857131.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1094" data-max-h="1094" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2037-andrew-mcclung-reporter-and-story-teller">Andrew McClung: Reporter and Story-Teller</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Andrew McClung is a reporter for WCYB-5 in Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee. But it might be more appropriate to say that Andrew is a story-teller.</span> <a href="/live/news/2037-andrew-mcclung-reporter-and-story-teller" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1855-gabbie-rhodes-is-teaching-in-a-forest-pre-school"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg" alt="Gabbie Rhodes, Emory & Henry Class of 2016" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/9869_PXL_20210525_205306955.PORTRAIT.rev.1622135015.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="3200" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1855-gabbie-rhodes-is-teaching-in-a-forest-pre-school">Gabbie Rhodes Is Teaching in a Forest Pre-School</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Parents of a certain vintage are famous for the line, “Go outside and play.” But these days a lot of parents are saying, “Go outside and LEARN.” <a href="/live/news/1855-gabbie-rhodes-is-teaching-in-a-forest-pre-school" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2379-chaz-jones-says-to-look-for-great-government-jobs"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/180,175,505,501/11578_FB_IMG_1656696118591.rev.1656699368.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/180,175,505,501/11578_FB_IMG_1656696118591.rev.1656699368.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/180,175,505,501/11578_FB_IMG_1656696118591.rev.1656699368.jpg" alt="Chaz Jones Emory & Henry Class of 2016" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="325" data-max-h="326" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2379-chaz-jones-says-to-look-for-great-government-jobs">Chaz Jones Says to Look for Great Government Jobs in SWVA/NETN</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Chaz Jones says many young people overlook the opportunities for great government work that are right here in the region surrounding Emory & Henry.</p><a href="/live/news/2379-chaz-jones-says-to-look-for-great-government-jobs" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>