¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!
¡Saludos! My name is Jennifer Knowlton-Randall and I am your child's Spanish teacher. We are on an exciting journey together as your child learns more about this beautiful language and all the cultures surrounding it. Our Spanish program is centered around a communicative approach that incorporates the four main language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Learning a second language is an exciting opportunity that is very useful in today’s diverse world. My goals this year for your child include helping him or her to develop vocabulary and knowledge of key phrases and to help him or her to appreciate the differences between our culture and those of Spanish-speaking countries around the world. We will be learning in many different ways including singing, dancing, and role-playing.
If for any reason, you would like to contact me, please do not hesitate to do so. You can either call the school and leave me a message or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out some resources below. They may be useful for your child as they learn Spanish throughout their years at St. Rose.
Nos vemos pronto! See you soon!
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Why is it important to learn Spanish?
· There are over 400 million Spanish speakers world-wide.
· With more than 33 million speakers, Spanish is the second largest language in the United States.
· Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States, with the majority of them being Spanish speakers.
· By learning Spanish, you'll be better able to communicate with Spanish speakers.
· Latin American countries are our most important trading partners.
· Being able to speak Spanish greatly enhances your resume. If you are bilingual you are more competitive in the workplace.
· Whether as a Spanish teacher or that of any discipline, you can make a difference in the field of education. Your language skills will enable you to interact with English Language Learners.
· You can travel to a Spanish-speaking country and really get to know the culture.
· Your ability to understand Spanish enables you to gain important insights which monolinguals cannot.
· As we grow older, our memory begins to fade. Learning a foreign language actually helps keep your memory sharp.
In this class, instead of “learning the language to use it” you will be “using the language to learn it.” A lot of classroom time will be devoted to communicative activities to be completed in pairs or small groups. Your active participation in these activities is important. Active participation means not only speaking, but also listening to other students’ contributions, respecting their different opinions, and that of the language. Being prepared with required materials is also crucial!
I realize not all students are comfortable raising their hand. For this reason, I often vary the way I ask for responses from the class featuring private question prompts in Classroom or simply by checking in with a student one-on-one. Everyone will have opportunities for success!
Google Classroom for Spanish
All students have access to a Spanish Google Classroom. Assignments, announcements, and links to songs and games we play in class will be posted there.
Each student page on my site features a button at the bottom of the page that links directly to your child's Google Classroom. Most students are already set up with it, but if you find your child is not connected or are experiencing difficulty, please let me know. I am happy to help!
In the event we return to distance learning, all content and access to Google Meet will be found in Google Classroom.