As we are just past the midpoint of the year, I wanted to give an update on where we are in Spanish and the material we are covering. I am so excited about what we have learned and where we are going from here!
Coming off of break, all foreign language students received a presentation on the benefits of studying a foreign language and how it can help them achieve their goals. We also looked at college admission requirements, allowed students to research colleges they may be interested in, and reflected on how foreign language fits into that picture. While college may still seem a long way off for middle school students, our goal as a department is to inform our community and to ensure each of our students is aware of the opportunities available to them. We hope that the information we shared sparked some great conversations! Following this, please remember that according to our syllabus, students must have at least a B average in order to move on to the next level of foreign language. Our 1B students are looking at their high school classes and getting signed up for those, and we are looking closely at their levels of proficiency to ensure they are ready to move on. Please remind your 1B student to get their pink sheets signed by their foreign language teacher if they have not already done so. We want to make sure each of our students is on track to reach their goals!
In class, Both Spanish 1A and Spanish 1B are working on their midterms this week and next week. 1A is synthesizing the foundational vocabulary and grammar that they learned during first semester - greetings, goodbyes, and courtesy; time; numbers, days, and dates; and weather - and creating an original children’s book. Since this is such an ambitious project, they are working together in pairs to complete the project.
1B is working on individual projects revolving around their families. They are synthesizing what we have been learning about describing ourselves and others to create a family tree and describe some of their family members.
Both the 1A and 1B projects involve three separate grades - one for the written portion, one for the spoken presentation as students share these projects with their classmates, and one for the listening portion as students learn from one another and the presentations. These will be posted in Infinite Campus as three separate grades, not one averaged grade. If you have questions about grades at any time, please feel free to reach out to me.
Moving forward this semester, 1A students will be delving into more advanced grammatical points. Up to now, we have been learning how to be conversational and front-loading some of the basic skills. With those under our belt, we will soon be learning how to conjugate regular verbs in the present tense, ask open-ended questions and create more complex sentences. 1B students will be learning new vocabulary about hobbies and free time, as well as irregular verbs and the use of the simple future tense to talk about future plans. To ensure your student’s success in mastering this new material, please make sure to talk with them about the importance of studying on a regular basis. In order to become proficient in a language, our brains need daily exposure, even if just a few minutes a day. There are numerous resources available to your student on my website, and I am happy to provide your student with additional sources or with tutoring during Access if necessary.
I am looking forward to a great second semester!
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