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Calling all Spanish teachers!

Calling all Spanish teachers!

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Hello out there you summer-time project planners! Until Edutopia creates a World Languages group... hint, hint ;) I'd like to see if I can find any Spanish teachers out there! I'm starting to develop a 2 year High School Spanish curriculum at a PBL school and I'd love to hear from you about what successes (or failures) you've had in your own classrooms. I have a TON of freedom in terms of curriculum design so the sky's the limit. I am interested in sharing project ideas, websites, ways to motivate students etc. Also, I'm curious to hear if anyone has had success in bringing in members of the Spanish-speaking community to help with conversation practice or to help provide an authentic audience for presentations... I'd love to hear from you! Thanks, Maria

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Sra. Sully's picture
Sra. Sully
Seventh and eighth grade Spanish teacher from Texas.

This May, I was fortunate to have attended a seminar by Stephen Krashen. He stated the importance of reading in regards to language acquisition. He emphasized that students must read in the target language with understanding (comprehensible input) as much as possible. This should be a nightly routine. What a wonderful way to incorporate technology and the target language than to have a blog! Especially if you focus on topics they are interested in!

Senorita Rivera's picture
Senorita Rivera
Spanish teacher, Baltimore, Maryland

Hola Maria:
I use world wise schools- through peace corp @ http://wws.peacecorp.org, it an organization that pairs up classrooms teachers with peace corp workers in other countries. I had one in Panama, another in Dominican Republic. I was fortunate enough to have one in Paraguay one year, that was working with a school and my students were able to communicate with the students in that school and were able to write and video conference. It's a resource if anyone is interested.

Maria Viera-Williams's picture
Maria Viera-Williams
7-12, English, ESL teacher, Texas

Senorita Rivera,
Your suggestion to use the Peace Corps is great. Bye the way, I found the link as a .gov not a .org
"..To learn more, and to access resources offered through World Wise Schools, visit the Peace Corps website at www.peacecorps.gov/wws."

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Sra. Witten
High School Spanish Teacher flipping over the Flipped Class

I am always looking for teachers to collaborate with. I teach upper level Spanish at my high school. I utilize a flipped class and am incorporating some PBL project in my class this year. If you are interested, check out my blog, email me, or contact me on twitter at @SraWitten.

Heather

My Flipped out Spanish Class

Sra. Witten's picture
Sra. Witten
High School Spanish Teacher flipping over the Flipped Class

I am always looking for teachers to collaborate with. I teach upper level Spanish at my high school. I utilize a flipped class and am incorporating some PBL project in my class this year. If you are interested, check out my blog, email me, or contact me on twitter at @SraWitten.

Heather

My Flipped out Spanish Class

JE Buckingham's picture
JE Buckingham
High school World Language teacher at New Tech High in Napa, CA.

HI Amanda,
If you are teaching at a New Tech school, have you now been able to attend the NTN! conference and go to the New Teacher workshops? If you have, I'm sure you are much more comfortable with PBL now than when you first posted!
What sorts of projects have you come up with for your level 1 students? I start in August and am still a little nervous about that's very first entry document!
Have a good year!

JE Buckingham's picture
JE Buckingham
High school World Language teacher at New Tech High in Napa, CA.

[quote]I have taught Spanish both in the traditional style and also using TPRS. What a difference with the TPRS!!! The wonderful thing about this method is that you do not need much to be successful! Props are important but your student actors are really key, as well as providing translations for everything! They will learn fluency much much faster!! Blaine Ray is the individual who developed this particular method and TPRS stands for Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling. Blaine states that a new language should be taught the same way as teaching someone to play an instrument or a PE class. It must be learned by doing, listening, and practice in the classroom. You do not give someone a how-to book for piano and tell them, "Here, read this so you can learn to play piano." On the contrary, piano is taught through listening, practice, and feel. Occasionally, a necessary technique will be taught, but it is woven right into the playing. This is how we should teach foreign languages.

What is so wonderful about this method is that you can incorporate culture and grammar right into the stories you use! My first year students learn to speak in the preterite from the very beginning. I don't have to teach much grammar as it is built into the stories I use. This makes so much sense to me. It never made sense to me that you would learn a language in a "fractured" manner, then have to take everything you learned and put it all together. Native speakers speak through "feel" not based on "rules".

The beauty of this is how quickly students pick up the language. It enables you to do more project-based activities using the target language so much faster! My students are writing, acting, and creating props for their very own mystery novela! We are very excited about this year-long project and the kids are working harder than ever to learn as much Spanish as they can to be able to do more in their novelas. I have created stories to help them prepare for the many plots they are creating. This way, I can weave in the necessary vocabulary and any grammar structure they may need without formally teaching grammar. I see such excitement from these students! This can be done even in the beginning of Spanish acquisition. Just look at ?Eres tu Maria? from Prentice-Hall. The first few episodios were mostly visual and body language.

Have fun![/quote]

!Hola!

I teach Spanish 1 using PBL but this year am also planning to incorporate TPRS simultaneously. I'd be VERY interested to know what your projects are and how/when you use the TPRS within the project. Anything you can share would be helpful.
Thanks!

Señora Nelson's picture
Señora Nelson
8th Grades Spanish 1 Teacher in North Texas.

Can you share an example of what you are doing for this? I am teaching Spanish for the first time this year, but only have Spanish 1. I am working on integrating PBL into my classroom, but am struggling come up with problems for them to work on.

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