¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!
(Welcome to Spanish Class!)
Hello! My name is Diana Garcia and I will be teaching Spanish to students in grades 5th through 8th. I look forward to assisting my students in learning a language that has become so important in today's world.
All of my classes are taught by optimizing immersion using TPRS method. Our class activities are designed to provide students with many opportunities to be involved in the Spanish language at or just above their level of understanding. Each language-building activity is designed to introduce or strengthen the understanding of high frequency words and phrases in Spanish.
1. What is TPRS?
TPRS stands for Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling. It is based on the idea that the brain needs enormous amount of "comprehensible input" in the language. We choose the most common words and phrases and use them in stories, conversations and other activities. Everything we talk about in the target language is understood by the students.
2. What does a TPRS class look like?
It sounds like a lot of Spanish! Some typical activities are:
Storytelling- The teacher starts with an outline of a story and asks the class large numbers of questions that 1) ensure that the class understands the language and 2) add personalized, interesting (and sometimes very funny!) details to the story.
Story writing- Students will write retells and original stories from outlines, templates, songs or partially written stories. This may be a class, group, pair, or individual activity.
Reading- We read stories created in class, stories created by other classes, summaries and stories written by the teacher, stories written by individual students, ads and articles from magazines/newspapers, children's books, and short novels written for TPRS classrooms.
Songs- The students will be learning between 10 and 15 new songs in Spanish this year.
Games-We have a number of games based on comprehensible input that help students to acquire language and create strong, positive relationships within the classroom environment.
Projects- There are opportunities each marking period for students to use art and technology to learn and share information about language and culture.
Video viewing-We will be watching several video clips this year. There are always activities in Spanish for each movie.
3. How are students graded?
Participation is necessary in Spanish class and the single most important factor for student success. Students will be required to pay attention on a daily basis and should come to class ready to be active participants. Participation grade is determined through in-class assignments and student behavior.
Paperwork/homework is collected on a regular basis. It may take the form of translation, answering questions, illustrations, flash cards, or story writing. Any assignments completed in class or for homework may be collected, graded and recorded. Homework may be assigned infrequently due to the nature and importance of in class work.
Quizzes are given with and without notice. Students may be required to demonstrate their ability to read, speak, write, or listen in Spanish. They may also be required to identify vocabulary or explain cultural/historical information. Quizzes will vary in frequency and form based on the learning standards of each class.
Tests are given with notice and preparation. These tests are unit exams.
4. How can parents help?
Any time you show interest in and support for your child's school work, you help. Ask your child to share the stories that we have done in class or to teach someone in the family a song! Encourage students to tell the teacher whenever there is confusion or stress about the class or the work. Please be willing to listen and ask questions when students share stories with you.
For more information, please go to the Homework in each grade section, you will find a Quizlet for the Episode or Chapter we are working on.
I am looking forward to a fantastic year!