Students are completing their first vocabulary-based quizzes and I’m happy to say that many have done very well (above average).
In order to clarify objectives and the evaluation process for Spanish class, I’d like to point out some tips on helping students develop good study skills.
St. Giles school understands the importance of learning Spanish as a second or world language. Research shows that students who study a second language are often better prepared to meet the academic demands of higher education (i.e. high school/ college/university). One reason is that the study skills involved in language learning are applicable to all subjects.
In an effort to teach students to take good notes, I often allow them to use their notebooks when taking vocabulary quizzes. As was discussed in the power point presented to students on the first day of class, junior high can expect weekly vocabulary tests. Alls students will receive graphic organizers and/or worksheets from me. However, their notebooks are something that they will need to keep up on their own. I will be teaching how to take good notes (as regards second language learning) and double-checking to make sure that all students – grades 4-8 – are keeping record of information given in class. I also hope to help students learn to evaluate their own learning process through the establishment of ‘I can’ statements.
In general, vocabulary notebooks should include the following information on new words:
Heading: – The Date and Topic
2) Meaning / Usage
3) Example (from class, book, article, etc.)
4) Student’s own example
5) Other (For example other common uses of the word, etc.).
I can statements and questions. (Student notes to self on questions or things they need answered in order to be successful.)
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!
Thank you! / Gracias!
Deborah Holman – Spanish Teacher