Academic versus fun in MS

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  • Academic versus fun in MS

    Posted by Lorenna on February 16, 2024 at 2:09 pm

    How do you reconcile teaching Spanish academically in a diverse community while making it fun?

    My students wish Spanish was fun, but it’s hard to most of them. I’d like to hear your input on this matter.

    Menya replied 3 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Melany

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    February 16, 2024 at 2:13 pm

    my students love to do charades either to guess adjectives, phrases, verbs etc

  • Melany

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    February 16, 2024 at 2:14 pm

    I also have him practice conversations

  • Menya

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    February 21, 2024 at 10:22 am

    Make Spanish accessible by teaching things that are relevant for them and by only using small concentrated chunks of the language. Don’t teach unnecessary vocabulary that a child wouldn’t need to use just because your textbook says to teach it. For example, we live in South Florida…so if I’m teaching a unit on locations, I’m not going to include mountains or rivers because we don’t have a lot of that down here. I will include words like beach, school, church, stadium, etc. because that is what is relevant to them and what they NEED.

    Sometimes, as teachers, we want to teach a lot of vocabulary instead of teaching USEFUL vocabulary…..vocabulary and grammar that they can use right away and feel successful with using.

    Also, teach vocabulary/grammar using games and music so that the structures will stick in the kids’ heads better.

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