Welcome back to Spanish!

August 29, 2016

 

This week in Spanish, the students will be learning to "Sail the 7 C's of Language Learning!"  This year, most of the Spanish classes will be taught almost entirely in Spanish.  It is important for students to understand some strategies for how to learn another language easily.  Here are the 7 C's to remember:

 

1.)  Context

 (Pay attention to the situation:  Is someone greeting?  Buying something? Asking a question?)

2.)  Clues

 (Watch the person’s facial expressions, hand gestures, props, etc.)

3.)  Conversation

 (Is this the beginning, middle, or end of the conversation?  Are you meeting someone for the first time?)

4.)  Cognates

(Lots of words look or sound like English words- be careful of “false” cognates)

5.)  Connections

(Have you heard this word before in another class?  Read it in a book?  Heard it on TV?)

6.)  Common Expressions

(Certain phrases will get repeated all the time: “Raise your hand,” “Open your book,” etc.)

7.)  Confidence

(Know that you can do this!  Believe in yourself!  Be brave enough to take a risk!)

 

We will also be setting up the notebooks that we will be using in class.  Students in PreK/ K will have a binder that we will keep and use in class.  Students in 1st-5th grades have a binder that they will bring home with homework assignments and a composition book that will be the interactive notebook we will use during class. The composition book will stay in the Spanish room until the end of the year, but the binder is for the students to be able to practice their newly acquired skills during the week.  This website also has games and videos that will help the students to practice all of the vocabulary that they are learning in class.  The key to learning another language is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!  Just like learning to play a sport or a musical instrument, learning another language requires consistent practice.  30 minutes a day of practice will go a long way to helping students achieve fluency.  Happy practicing!

 

Coming up next week... A for "Años y Apellido." (Years and last name- introducing yourself).

 

Here are the lesson plans for this week:

PreK/ K (click here)

1st/ 2nd grade (click here)

3rd- 5th grade (click here)

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