Why I Love Spanish – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Christine Mosso

This month we celebrate the Spanish language and I have been asked to write about why I love Spanish. This task gave me pause because I really hadn’t given it much thought before. It’s a little bit like asking me why I like pizza-I just do, it’s good. But then when I really thought about, I realized that I love the sound of Spanish and the emotion it can evoke.

Spanish just sounds cool! It’s musical, but not excessively so. I love the fact that so many sounds are formed at the front of the mouth. It sounds assertive. Those gorgeous rolls of the r-frustrating as they may be for the Spanish learner-are that extra musical flourish.

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Why I Love Spanish – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Christine Mosso 

This month we celebrate the Spanish language and I have been asked to write about why I love Spanish. This task gave me pause because I really hadn’t given it much thought before. It’s a little bit like asking me why I like pizza-I just do, it’s good. But then when I really thought about, I realized that I love the sound of Spanish and the emotion it can evoke.

Spanish just sounds cool! It’s musical, but not excessively so. I love the fact that so many sounds are formed at the front of the mouth. It sounds assertive. Those gorgeous rolls of the r-frustrating as they may be for the Spanish learner-are that extra musical flourish.

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Spanish Club – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Christine Mosso

Some of the most fun I had with students was during Spanish Club activities. Some clubs are for additional, informal conversation practice. Most of the ones I was involved with as a teacher were culturally themed. If you don’t have a club at your school, I highly recommend organizing one. Our Spanish club was an opportunity to further explore culture in Spanish-speaking countries with not only the students in our classes, but also those who weren’t taking Spanish. The club turned out to be excellent P.R for our program. A number of students who didn’t initially take Spanish, decided to take Spanish later. The club also exposed even more kids to the Spanish-speaking world. I also got the chance to get to know some wonderful kids who weren’t in my classes-yet. And for the kids I did teach, this was an informal way to work with things they learned in class and to get to know each other in a less formal setting. We were having fun-no grades involved and no performance anxiety.

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Ghosts of Spanish Teachers Past

Christine Mosso

So there you are on Back-to-School Night being warm and enthusiastic in front of your students’ parents. You’re showing the parents that their children are in capable hands-you’re accessible, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. In short, it’s going to be a good year in Spanish class. And then…the Ghosts of Spanish Teachers Past rear their heads. It starts with a comment like:

“I had 2 years of high school Spanish and don’t remember a thing.” Or

“I had a terrible time in Spanish class, barely passed it/flunked it.” Or

“Never saw the use of taking 2 years of Spanish.”

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Standards-Based Teaching and Instructional Materials in the Spanish as a Foreign Language Classroom

Dr. David McAlpine University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The students in my Methods of Teaching Second Language class don’t believe me when I tell them that my best Spanish teaching experience in forty years was in a middle school classroom! It’s true! Those of you just beginning your career in a middle school will soon learn this, and those of you who are middle school “lifers” already know that these youngsters in grades 5-8 respond to content that is connected to their everyday lives and to instruction that actively involves them in the learning process. Your middle school Spanish students may show higher competencies in the three modes of communication than many of their high school counterparts because of their openness to learning new concepts, their curiosity about themselves and others, and their unabashed willingness to be a part of real-life situations.

How can the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century help create an engaging atmosphere for middle school students? Let’s look at the 5Cs and try to draw some classroom ideas from them.

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