We are a Proficiency and Comprehensible Based Classroom.
We will be learning with Comprehensible Input (CI) techniques, approaches, and strategies. This will allow me to teach the language that prioritizes the delivery of understandable and compelling instruction in our target language, Spanish. These techniques have been developed based heavily on the Comprehension Hypothesis of Dr. Stephen Krashen. Dr. Krashen’s Comprehension Hypothesis states that language is acquired when we understand what people tell us and what we read. What does that mean? It means that we will internalize the language not just memorizing words and grammar points.
I will use CI to provide meaningful and interactive feedback in order for you to develop language and cultural proficiency. You will hear and read the target structures repetitively. It will take many repetitions for the brain to acquire new words and many more repetitions for it to master and internalize a new structure. We (you and I) will use Spanish as our main source of communication during instructional time and beyond the classroom. We will listen to songs, watch short films, play games, read current events, read short stories, read novels, co-create stories, play games, talk about our lives and explore the people, food, and traditions of Spanish speaking counties.
I will also use several technology tools to enhance and assess your language acquisition. Language acquisition takes time, and everyone learns at a different pace. You will be graded based on ACFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines. Your grading will be based on your use of the language and not the memorization of words.
1st period - Spanish 1
2nd period - Spanish 1
3rd period - lunch and planning
4th period - Spanish 1
Every Wednesday after school until 4:45 PM
By appointment any other day.
I believe that every student deserves the best learning experience in every single class. My course policies are fair, helpful, and designed to promote transparency in the classroom. Reach out with any questions or clarifications.
All Jack Britt High School and Cumberland County Schools rules, regulations, and policies stated in the student handbook and code of conduct apply.
ONLINE LEARNING GUIDELINES
We will follow these guidelines during the Online Learning period outlined by the School Board.
During these hard times, we must remember to be kind and patient. There will be problems along the way. Be respectful and be patient as we will work together to solve any issues that come our way.
MAINTAIN GOOD TIME MANAGEMENT
Do not procrastinate and pace yourself. Have a set time allocated to each class, this will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed with assignments.
KEEP EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Contact your teachers when you need help, are confused with assignments, or need extra time. We understand there will be special circumstances.
HAVE GOOD INDEPENDENT STUDY HABITS
Take notes and keep them organized. Study your notes and review them as needed to master the content.
STAY MOTIVATED & PARTICIPATE
Don’t let this time keep your spirits down. Stay motivated as your teacher will do everything possible to keep you engaged during this time. Participate and build relationships with your classmates and teachers. Be cordial and respectful.
STAY CONNECTED & BE PRESENT
You must be present during live sessions and stay connected during class discussions. Attendance is required as if we were in a regular class.
COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS AS ASSIGNED
You must complete your assignments. They will count towards your final grade.
IN THE WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSROOM
Here are the technology tools students will use in my classroom to facilitate and enhance their language acquisition.