August, 2014

Parents and Students!!!

Welcome back to school and welcome to Spanish! The spanish team is excited to be teaching your son/daughter this year. We wanted you to know a little bit of our background.

Approach and Methodology As natives and experienced teachers, we bring new innovative ideas to get your son/daughter to love and learn Spanish. The textbook we will be using is “Avancemos". This textbook not only will engage students with games, videos, conversations and a chance to record themselves, but also includes online students’ textbook and exercises. This year they will learn many different topics and vast information about Hispanic culture. It is our goal that they will be able to understand, communicate and understand the culture and the target language by the end of the trimester!

Approach and materials needed

The materials needed for Spanish class are a 3-ring binder with 4 dividers
( vocabulario, trabajo en clase, tarea, cultura y diversiones), a lined composition book, line paper, blue or black pen, markers, colored pencils, and a pocket dictionary. These materials are required to be brought to class everyday. As you know, learning a second language requires effort and time. The students will have homework every day and it is imperative for you to make sure they do it since practice makes perfect....”

Learning Spanish is exciting and fun! And it is so relevant for today’s world. Did you know that Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world? There are 21 countries in the world where Spanish is the main language spoken. And the United States has the fifth-largest Hispanic population in the world! Coming from the business world, I can tell you that knowing both English and Spanish can open a lot of doors! Did you know that students who know a second language generally score higher on standardized tests than students who do not?

How can you help your student? Encourage him/her to review vocabulary frequently (a few minutes each day), to complete his/her assignments, and to use Spanish whenever possible. Read labels that come in English and Spanish. Try listening to some Spanish TV. If you go to a restaurant where Spanish is spoken, encourage him/her to try speaking some Spanish! People will not laugh; they will appreciate the effort!

I am looking forward to getting to know your student in Spanish

Markers, glue, Box of tissue

¡¡Muchas gracias!!

Again, We want to welcome you our Spanish class and we are anticipating a TERRIFIC trimester!