What we did was a summary of how we would teach students that do not speak Spanish practice pronunciation by learning the Spanish alphabet and the vowels, after they have learned pronounced and memorized the letters and vowels we will jump to the next step of pronunciation which is combining the letters and vowels together to start forming words that will be easy for the beginners to remember. This could be an "intro to Spanish" class. We would like to start really from the level zero, so that, the students could learn the language as they have learned the numbers, what I mean by this, is that we will teach students step-by-step to learn Spanish as they did when learning mathematics, for example; they started counting numbers, then, once they have memorized the numbers they jump to the next levels which are Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and then the hardest one Dividing. I want my students to learn Spanish as easy as the learned mathematics. So my technique will be: teach my students by levels (step-by-step), step #1 is use methods for understanding, step #2 use pronunciation for speaking, step#3 is start giving exercises for reading, and then step #4 put in practice all of the above to start the writing (grammar).
When presenting my activity, it was not that creative in terms of using pictures, written examples, or asking questions to the class. Being creative when teaching, is something I will keep in mind for the future. To incorporate more culture into my micro-activity I will use pictures of things such as; food, animals, and national objects of Spanish speaking countries. Also, I will incorporate music in order for my student to improve their understanding and pronunciation. This kind of activity will be easy for the instructor to teach a non-speaking Spanish and it will also be easy for the student to learn a second language.

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Comment by Eulalia Garcia on February 27, 2015 at 7:28pm

Hello Kimberly, I found your post very creative, because you really have in mind what can motivate a student to learn a language, it is interesting how the examples you expose are similar to the mathematics subject. Students learn if we as teachers follow steps one by one in order increase the vocabulary during time. More over is to give them examples of the matters to learn. The culture of a nation is very important to have in mind at the time to teach a language because it can include their gastronomy, religion, places, history and the variation of the  Spanish language. Therefore including as many examples and tools are necessary for this purpose. As you said the vowels are the basic of the Spanish vocabulary therefore it is convenient to start from the beginning in a easy way to latter include little by little the vocabulary.


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