Spanish

Sally Denbeaux


The Elementary Spanish Program of the Windsor Central Supervisory Union seeks to equip students with the communication skills in Spanish, to provide them with the perspectives of those countries where Spanish is spoken, and to prepare them for success in a multilingual economy and society. We understand that language is an innate human capability from which all students benefit. The study of World Languages is an interdisciplinary pursuit that intrinsically gives students a global perspective; students gain an increased knowledge of their relationship to the world by developing an appreciation for other viewpoints and a deeper understanding of their own culture and the world.

¡Hola! ¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español! I am the new Spanish teacher at Killington Elementary School. I have been teaching Spanish (K-8) for 18 years in New Jersey and New York. I am so happy to have moved to Vermont last and I am excited to be here at KES!

In college, I studied Spanish in Ecuador and Colombia and later served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. I love teaching Spanish and including movement, song and cultural content in my lessons!




"We acquire language when we understand messages, when we understand what people tell us and when we understand what we read."

-Dr. Stephen D. Krashen

Linguist, educational researcher

WHAT TO EXPECT IN SPANISH CLASS:

The instructional methods used in class are based on Dr. Stephen Krashen’s idea that “we acquire language when we understand messages; when we understand what people tell us and when we understand what we read.” These methods are proven to be effective based on Second Language Acquisition research from the last four decades.

Effective communication is our goal. We will listen, read, write, and speak in Spanish, using that language to explore our own, Spanish-speaking, and ancient cultures.

In class, students will be exposed to a variety of resources such as stories, songs, film, articles, art, legends, and history. Students will use purposeful language in class to create, play and convey meaning so they are prepared to communicate in the real world. Interactions in class center on what each student needs, knows, and can do now and what each student needs in order to move forward.


Your child will read, listen, and respond as able in Spanish. Your child will not memorize vocabulary, practice verb conjugations, or learn about Spanish in English.

Please contact Sally Denbeaux at sdenbeaux@wcsu.net with any questions.


WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

  • Be a student: ask your child to share with you what they are doing in Spanish class

  • Notice Spanish: help your child see the Spanish being used in your community

  • Practice Curiosity: ask English language learners that you meet to share their stories with you!