My students in Spanish Three and Four come from various backgrounds. My Spanish Three students are still learning the basics of the language and are beginning to feel comfortable using the language. Some of my students in Spanish Four are becoming strong communicators in Spanish. My focus has been to make the language as accessible as possible, no matter what their background. I want my students to leave high school saying that they can communicate in Spanish!
I have close to 100 students this year.
I have 5 classes with about 20 students in each. This may not seem like a lot of students, but when communication is the focus I have to give the students as many opportunities as possible to gain more language.
Students do not need to take a language to graduate from high school, but most have dedicated themselves to learn the language and culture. My goal is to make the class as engaging as possible so that students can find out how important learning a language is to their future.
My students have time weekly to read books that interest them. When the choice is involved, students are much more engaged. Students are just reading to read. There is no homework or assessment tied to their reading. I want them to become more and more comfortable reading in a second language. They will end up acquiring new vocabulary just by seeing the words in context. Students also feel a sense of accomplishment when they are able to figure out more and more words on their own or when they finish a book. I truly believe that the students can learn the most from reading!
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