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Vamos a empezar!
Hola! My name is Amy Roth. As a child, I attended a bilingual school in Texas. Through an exposure at a young age, I fell in love with the latino culture and language. My love for the language has taken me to various Spanish speaking countries, opportunities in our community to help latinos, and create an interest in Spanish with my students. Although I have taught in northern Indiana and Kentucky, this is my fifth year at East Central. I am teaching Spanish III and IV this year as well as leading the Spanish Club. I am excited to get started and hope you are ready to habla espanol!
The first few weeks of Spanish III are review. We will review by using our text and workbooks, but many of the assignments and in- class activities will focus on speaking. Our first large assignment will be to interview each other about our summer vacations and present findings to the class in Spanish. This will happen by the end of week two/ start of week three. Our goal this year is to speak more and tie in many of the grammar points and vocabulary we have learned for the past two years. This can be stressful for some, but early speaking assignments are presented and graded in a relaxed fashion until the students become more comfortable speaking in Spanish. Our first quiz will be by week three.
REMINDER: Students need a spiral notebook for class. The notebook is turned in at each quiz for a note taking grade and vocabulary practice.
I am so excited to get this group of students! I have taught many of these students since eighth grade. We are prepared grammatically and are ready to apply what we know! Yes! Our goal is to speak Spanish exclusively.
This year, our focus will be to build vocabulary for understanding newscasts, reading internet links, and have a good vocabulary base for working (surviving!) in the culture. Each unit is designed to review a verb tense, build grammar concepts, introduce vocabulary that correlate with our story, and essay writing. Research on the internet will be done during the unit that relates to the vocabulary and story theme. Students will be asked to record their voices at least once a month for pronunciation and accurracy.
To start our year, students will need to keep a binder that contains internet assignments, notes, class work, and translated items. Each student will journal two to three times a month. THEREFORE, each student needs a 2 inch binder and a composition book.