Hello friends of Rock A Lingua! By now we hope that you’re fully back in the swing of the school year post-holiday routine and seeing lots of progress in your Spanish classes. We also hope that our videos and teachings resources are helping to make your job easier and to keep your classes engaged and enjoying the process of learning Spanish. When I (the blog writer) first started teaching kids classes I completely underestimated the power of a solid beginning of class routine, especially with younger learners and in lower level classes. Over the years, I’ve found that having a repetitive start to the class gives students the opportunity to settle in and feel comfortable with the change in language, allows shy or unsure students a chance to speak, and sets the tone for the class. As the year progresses I add new elements to the routine to keep it fresh, but keep the initial foundation or order of activities to help my learners feel in control. In my classes we start with general information (day, date, weather, feelings) and have now added the “news” section. We have different ways of working with the information and by adding the “news” time to the routine we make time for those who want to speak more to tell us about something that’s happening now (it could be the actual news or something about their life). It’s important to note that I only see my classes twice per week and would do my routines differently if I saw them every day, and that the routines and times spent on them varies depending on the level and age of the class. With that being said, today on the blog we’re sharing some of our ideas on interactive ways to start Spanish class and elements that you can add to your already established routine. As always, we’d love to hear about how you set the tone for your classes. You can tell us by either commenting below or on our Facebook page.
Hola amigos y amigas! This holiday season we’ve been thinking a lot about how to incorporate arts and crafts into our kids Spanish classes in a way that promotes the use of the target language and is fun for the students AND the teacher. From our perspective arts and crafts are the perfect way to present the Spanish languageto children in a natural and necessary way. The focus is no longer on “learning” the language, but completing the craft which can be done by listening in Spanish, asking questions in Spanish [or Spanglish ;)] and following a sequence of instructions.
¡Hola amig@s! It’s the end of fall and the Christmas decorations are up! Here are some Spanish teaching resources for the final rush before Christmas and ideas you can use when you come back from Christmas break to get your students speaking Spanish, learning about traditions from around the world and practicing winter themed vocabulary.
If you’re reading this, you’ve made it through the crazy month of October and the beginning of November holidays! ¡Felicidades - sois campeones! The fall holidays are such a great time to mix culture and language to get your kids excited about coming to class, but we know that they can also tak
¡Hola a tod@s! Today we’re excited to talk about teaching high frequency structures in Spanish classes for kids. Why HFS? Because, they’re one of the best ways to get students with a limited language bank speaking with what they know and are learning.
It’s the beginning of fall and in most places that means crisp morning air, shorter but still beautiful days, and the ever exciting changing of the leaves! Not to mention all of the fun holidays and flavorful treats in the upcoming months. This fall we’re celebrating in our Spanish classes for
A new school year is officially underway and with the first week (or few) of classes in the rearview mirror we hope that your energy supplies are still high (…or at least not on empty!) and that you’re feeling good about the start of this school year and the Spanish journey ahead. We have SO man
It’s no secret that students, especially the younger ones, are easily distracted. As teachers, many of us have seen first hand the benefits of breaking our lessons into smaller mini-lessons with shorter input sessions instead of the more traditional method of longer lessons with very little down time. We know that attention spans are short and factoring in the fact that we’re teaching in a language that is not the mother tongue of many of our students only makes our jobs that much more challenging (and interesting!). We want to get through to our students, but to do that we need them focused and participating, because who can learn a second language without actually using it?? Queue, brain breaks! Brain breaks come in all shapes and sizes and can be molded to fit the needs at hand. From recess time, where children move and socialize on the playground to a five minute dance break in class, they are one of the best ways to get your students motivated, ready to learn and to help them make sense of new input.
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