Our district is nestled in a beautiful, serene village in a rural part of the state. We love where we live, but we don't have state of the art education budgets and we miss out on some of the bigger cultural opportunities that students in more metropolitan areas receive. We want to have the same opportunities to learn about Hispanic and Latino cultures that other areas have. We want to improve our foreign language exposure and embrace diversity!
Many of the students in our world language programs have not had the opportunity to see how useful a second language can be in their lives.
They have limited interaction with languages, other than English, outside of our classroom door. They would greatly benefit from having meaningful, comprehensible and interesting materials in the classroom to inspire their interest in learning Spanish. Ultimately, it is my hope to expand our free voluntary reading (FVR) library to offer more books and magazines on a variety of requested topics and levels.
Last year we began our Spanish classroom library and implemented a free reading program for all levels. The reading has been a great success and has improved students' Spanish without them even realizing it. However, we need more materials for the lower level students to help them feel successful.
We would love to add to our collection of level 1 (Novice level) readers and also add some more sports related titles at the request of several students.
Our library is wonderful but I want to make it great for all students! When students can read comprehensible materials, they make great gains in language.
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