Pennant races and low, low prices. Expanded rosters and summer reading. This can only mean one thing: back to school and playoff baseball are fast approaching. Are you ready? ¿Está listo?

Back to school in Spanish class can be a shock to the system for some. Too little conversation and not enough contact hours can lead to the dreaded summer slide. Not to worry. No se preocupe. Following baseball from August through October gives students of all ages a way to practice reading and listening skills, add authentic vocabulary and review pesky details of the language, like accents.

Will this work for everybody? Probably not. I’m fond of saying that language learners should find a topic they would follow otherwise and then find it en español. Maybe it’s policy, humor, art, pop culture, tech, fashion. Really anything work as long there is real engagement with authentic material.

I’d like to think, though, that the thought of following some tight pennant races, tracking some break-out stars and getting ahead in Spanish are all the reasons anybody needs.

See any links that don’t work? Know the official Twitter accounts for the O’s, Cubs, Indians, Twins, Phillies, Pirates, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays or Nats? Let me know.