We have spent a few days talking about family members, telling names and ages, and what each family likes to do. In order to see what they can do I try to give them a scenerio to show off their skills. This was the quiz in my Spanish 1 classes today.
Here are a few of the quizzes that were turned in.
Students need the opportunity to create, using what they know. What helps me get them to do this is a scenerio that motivates them! Hardly any of my students have every been out of the country, and quite a few have never been outside of Kentucky. The idea of them being able to use Spanish on an international trip seems really far-fetched to them. Running into someone in their town could actually give them a chance to use what they are learning.
What helped them most was… THE PHRASES OF THE WEEK! They got to use phrases like “no te preocupes”, “no lo se”, “buena suerte”, and “lo siento” in context. This is much more rewarding than a fill in the blank or multiple choice quiz. This is using the language! (not perfectly I know – I’ll give a little feedback to clean up some common mistakes on Monday)