Dear Parents and Guardians:
We welcome your children into the wonderful world of Spanish speakers and culture! Not only does knowing a second language enhance one’s life, but that skill actually increases I.Q, and gives a person more opportunity in careers. Being able to communicate in two languages is a marketable advantage and a sought after skill by many employers.
This year your children will be learning Spanish with a particular methodology called Total Physical Response (TPR) and Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPRS). After years of research funded by the Office of Education, the Office of Naval Research and the Department of Defense, psychologist and linguist, Dr. James J. Asher, found that students learn a second language better if the process follows the pattern of learning their first language--listening to the target language, comprehending specific words and phrases, speaking it (with many mistakes at first), reading, and finally writing in that language. Also, he found if movement accompanies the learning, students internalize and acquire the language faster and more proficiently. TPRS is an extension of that idea created by world-renowned Spanish instructor, Blaine Ray. The acquisition of Spanish is anchored in stories that students, hear, act out, tell and retell in class with the guidance of the teacher. Then they read and write the story. (Emergent readers will draw the story). Grammar and syntax are learned through the context of storytelling. (Middle schoolers will be taught more academic concepts of grammar).
No matter how a second language is learned, though, the truth is that a student must spend time working with that language. To help in this endeavor, please have your students visit the MVCKS website every week where students can practice listening to vocabulary and stories we do in class. Material will be added monthly. (Beginning activities will be posted next week).
We are honored and excited to teach your child Spanish and to help them appreciate the rich and diverse cultures that make up the Spanish-speaking world. If you ever have questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
School Phone: 719-275-1980 Cell Phone: 719-431-2415
Vanette Benesch, Spanish Teacher and Sandra Kerr, Spanish Aide