I am really excited to be teaching Spanish III this year! It will give the students an opportunity to have a deeper study of concepts that will involved more speaking activities. Students should become more comfortable expressing themselves in Spanish; they will be more conversant.
In the beginning of the year, we will review vocabulary from Spanish II. Grammar will be reviewed more slow to allow a better understanding of the tenses. Each chapter will introduce new concepts as well as review old ones.
Spanish III will continue to develop students' skills in vocabulary, grammar, and various cultural traditions and holidays. We will continue study the language in various ways: stories, games, verbal and written exercises, partner work, and crafts.
It is important to me that each classroom establishes its own relationships and atmosphere; we are like a family. My hope is that the students will feel safe experimenting with the new language with one another. It's crucial that they try to speak the language!
In addition to the norm (tests, quizzes, homework), the Spanish III classes will have a competition - since there's only one III class, they will earn a celebration when they reach a goal - my hope is that we would take an afternoon and go to a local Mexican restaurant where students could practice their Spanish. They can earn or lose points based on behavior, attendance, and kindness. The score and rules are posted in the classroom along with a class photo.
I like to establish a pattern within my classroom, so we will have activities we will do regularly:
Monday: Movie Monday (students will watch 15 minutes of a movie in order to enhance listening skills)
Tuesday: Talking Tuesday (sustained period of speaking only in Spanish)
Wednesday: Música Miercoles
Thursday: Throwback Thursday (quick review of vocab)
Friday: Viva Viernes (vocab review), quiz day
Below you will find an overview of material that we will cover during the year. This list includes grammar previously covered and new information.
Preterite vs. Imperfect
Affirmative and negative words
Hacer time phrases
Por and para
Around the city