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An OWL inspired Classroom – OWL (Organic World Langauge)
The OWL method is a language teaching model that focuses on language proficiency through movement, immersion (all in Spanish), and a student driven classroom with individual goals and an emphasis on personal growth. I adopted this method back in 2015 after much frustration at the level of my student’s interpersonal communication skills and listening comprehension after many years teaching in a traditional model. My goal now as a World Language Instructor is to make sure my students are working towards useful communication. I’d like them to be able to listen and speak with native speakers with ease. As a child we learn to speak through listening, reading and constant interaction. As a toddler we speak with mistakes but we speak. My goal is for the students to just speak in Spanish and over time, much like a child does, they will absorb the new language and begin to grow in proficiency. At first they will make mistakes, those mistakes are growth they are not a negative. We’ve all said or heard someone say “I took French/Spanish/German in high school and I can’t speak a word”. This is a phrase I hope to never hear again coming from my students. This teaching method is incredibly interactive and students are expected to give their all during class time, it can be exhausting for students at times but ultimately rewarding when they realize that they can successfully communicate in another language.
Students are graded based on their proficiency growth
Minimum Proficiency Level Goals – by the end of the course
Spanish 7th grade VEX – Novice Low, Spanish I – Novice Mid, Spanish 2 – Novice High, Spanish 3 – Novice High/Intermediate Low, Spanish 4 – Intermediate Low/Mid, Spanish 5 – Intermediate Mid+
IMPORTANT PRINTABLE DOCUMENTS
Parents - Practice work is listed below for all of my classes.
Spanish 3-5 Practice work: Present tense regular verb worksheet – Due 9.10.19
ALL Spanish classes: Bring in your signed Syllabus – Due 9.4.19
-Students have 3 school days to make up assignments while losing 10 points each day. After 3 days work will not be accepted without staying after and even then will not count for more that 50%
Homework – There will be little to no Homework this year. Students will sometimes be asked to finish an assignment started in class at home. They will also be responsible for completing any projects at home as well.
Compostions – Students will be writing one composition a week show casing whatever topics we’ve covered that week. These compositions are a big part of their grade and should be completed without any help from a computer or dictionary. There are generally done during class unless a student is absent. They are graded based on the proficiency level they represent the corresponding grade for that proficiency level depending on the course they are taking.
TRAVEL CLUB - Dominican Republic trip changed to COSTA RICA April 2020
Contact me for more information! or sign up at this link ——> Register for the Dominican Republic Tour 2020, Here through EF tours. Open to students in the graduating classes of 2020-2022
Open to students in 9th-12th grade during the 2018-2019 year (9th graders must go with a parent)
TRAVEL CLUB - Trip to Europe in April 2021! Details to come!
- Get your passports ASAP!
-Students interested in being an EF Student ambassador see Ms. Sayan , deadline to hand in the papers is October 31st 2018
- Cookie and Canvas event in October in the High School Cafeteria – Details to come!
LINKS – Use for accessing online practice activities and games. Any of these games or practice sites can be used as a practice work option. TO USE THE LINKS CLICK ON THE WORDS THAT UNDERLINE WHEN YOU RUN YOUR MOUSE OVER THEM.
Quizlet – Sra_Sayan - <–Click here to go to my Quizlet.com page
Lyricstraining – <– Click here to go to lyricstraining
memrise.com for Spanish <— Click here to go to memrise
Extra Explicit Language Study Tools