Queridas Familias (Dear Families),
¡Hola! My name is Diane Colon and I am the Spanish teacher at Tularcitos Elementary School. I am very excited about working with each and every student at Tularcitos this year. The following information will provide you with an overview of the Spanish Program.
For many years, learning a second language was an educational experience offered only to older children, even though research has consistently proven that the ideal time for students to learn another language is at a younger age. How lucky we are here in Carmel Unified to have Spanish in our elementary schools!
“Learning in the 21stCentury requires students to be able to communicate effectively, not only in English, but in other languages as well. Research shows that second language study offers many benefits to students in terms of improved communicative ability, cognitive development, cultural awareness, and job opportunities.” (Source: Center for Applied Linguistics)
Below is a breakdown of the Tularcitos Spanish Schedule and Program:
1stGrade: Two 20-minute sessions per week in homeroom
2nd,3rd, 4th& 5thGrades: Two 30-minute sessions per week in homeroom
“The Five C‘s of Foreign Language Education“,
Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons,andCommunities
ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
*Incorporates TPRS (Total Physical Response Storytelling)using signs or actions, visuals, movement and stories to create a “natural approach” to language acquisition.
*Incorporates authentic Spanish stories and novels.
*Incorporates listening comprehension, guided conversation, reading and writing in Spanish.
*Taps into key vocabulary and grammar concepts through music, movement, games, story-telling, drama, literature and technology.
*Links Spanish language vocabulary, including familiar cognates and geographical references to Social Studies curriculum.
*Engages in the study of Spanish speaking countries
*Learn cultural aspects such as: traditions, songs, dances, and history to compare and contrast with their own lives.
*Program meets District, State and National Language Acquisition Standards
As beginning Spanish learners, all students should try to relax, listen and follow lessons given totally in Spanish. I will work to make language accessible by developing lessons which incorporate visual aids, technology, chants and music, vocabulary, reading, grammar and projects that build in complexity from lesson to lesson.
Students will feel successful as they are able to understand an increasing amount of what is covered in lessons, follow basic directions/commands and perform guided conversations and songs in class.
Students Should Show:
*Active participation during class
*Active listening toward teacher and classmates when speaking
*Attempting to use native-like accent as much as possible
*Positive attitude toward learning
*Completed work in time allotted.
Please take a look at our Spanish webpage to find links to fun Spanish activities to play with your child and to listen and learn some songs that I recorded(podcasts)with classes last year.
Finally, I want to thank you for entrusting me with your children. It is a great honor to be teaching at Tularcitos and I look forward to guiding your child on our adventure in Spanish language. Stop by my office in room 44 any time, and feel free to email me or to observe a Spanish lesson -- I would love to hear from you. If you speak Spanish, have lived in or have family members who are from a Spanish-speaking country and would like to share a cultural experience, please let me know. I look forward to opening the door to the world of Spanish language and culture to your child this year at Tularcitos!