Spanish this semester went so well! Ace, Ben, Greer, and Jonas were all such wonderful students ready for each class with great participation and questions! We started off the semester working with “Las Palabras del Día” (The words of the day) where we started basic vocabulary acquisition. At first, we learned about basic Spanish conversational phrases and information such as the date, weather, and the typical hello, how are you and goodbyes. We learned about the formal and informal conversational rules. Halfway through the classes we had a cultural immersion investigation time where we made a traditional appetizer and breakfast dish of Spain (Tortilla de Patata). We were able to have other students from the school to help us which was wonderful.
We had Spanish music playing and a true/false facts about Spain game for during cooking time. The students were all very engaged in the activity and the result was – delicious! I explained to the whole school in Spanish what we did after investigations and then translated it to English. All of the students were able to try the dish and the activity went so well! We finished up the end of the classes learning how to conjugate regular, reflexive, and stem-changing verbs. The students all did very well with this! We played games to help increase command of these grammatical rules, we had bi-lingual books available for them to practice pronunciation and we also had listening activities throughout class. The students ended the year with practicing conversations, conjugating in their mind versus on paper, and began using their own Spanish-English dictionaries. This class was so wonderful to have and I have no doubt they are well on their way to being in great command of the Spanish language!