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Bienvenidos a la clase de Español

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way."
Frank Smith


SEÑORA CORTELEZZI |4th through 8th Grade|Bienvenidos a la clase de Español!
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BIENVENIDOS!  I would like to welcome you to Spanish for the 2010-2011 school year.  I’m really looking forward to continuing our adventure in the Spanish language and the culture surrounding it. I truly believe that learning to speak another language is one of the most important and valuable experiences anyone can have, and because I believe this so strongly, I am eager to share the adventure with you.  I’m also very excited to see all the smiling faces I haven’t seen all summer and a few I’ve never seen before at all—welcome newcomers! 
 

I teach Spanish because I love the language and the cultures, I love being with students, and I love to have fun! Spanish class lets me do all three at one time! You make it fun for yourself, for your classmates, AND for me when you play along enthusiastically with what we’re doing. You keep it fun for all of us by contributing creative ideas for stories and avoiding negative comments about each other.

Please visit my website frequently to play games and catch up on work.  If you have any questions please feel free to  e-mail me at pcortelezzi@icsclinton.org

To ensure success in Spanish class it is very important to:
 

Have a positive attitude - Think of Spanish as “fun to speak”.  Language acquisition is not meant to be painful, tedious, and boring, but rather a spontaneous, enjoyable, and practical form of communication.  Get rid of any apprehensions and insecurities; they will prevent you from learning the language. Instead, approach activities and new situations with enthusiasm, giving them your best effort.

 

Immerse in the language at every opportunity.  Practice pronounciation outloud using the guides and materials given in class.  Dramatize with friends and other students dialogue in material exercises.  Practice listening to Spanish at every opportunity-listening to friends, the radio, television and films!  Speak Spanish with friends and family-even to yourself! 

 

Stay organized.  You must take responsibility and initiative for your own learning.  Each assignment or activity is important and a means to an end.  Put your best effort in it!  Take initiative to independently study, review, do additional work, and get help, in areas you need or wish to improve.  Grades are based on class work, homework, quizzes and projects, depending on your gade level.  I will keep homework to a minimum as long as we are able to cover material and practice as classwork.  Please check Powerschool frequently to keep track of missing and/or due work.  Keeping track of your work will ensure timely completion and avoid accumulation of work.  If you have a question or need a copy of a missing assignment please email me ASAP so that I may provide the information to you.    
 
Always be prepared.  Be sure to have the following materials for the first day of school:
 
4th Grade - Notebook or lose leaf paper and folder (you may share your music folder with Spanish).
5th Grade - Notebook or tab in a binder for Spanish, Folder for Spanish, dry erase markers.
6th grade -  Notebook or tab in a binder for Spanish, Folder for Spanish, dry erase markers.
7th Grade - Notebook or tab for Spanish in binder, three prong folder to hold your workbook practice sheets, book cover for text book, dry erase markers.
8th grade - Notebook or tab for Spanish in binder, three prong folder to hold your workbook practice sheets, book cover for text book, dry erase markers.
 
Note to 7th and 8th grade - I require that you get a three prong folder as this ensures your material stays safely in its place for quiz, midterm and final study guides.  All material distributed will be three hole punched!
 
Hasta Pronto!  See you soon!
 

 


 



 
Buenos Aires, Argentina