Beginning language students come to their world language class with an expectation. The vast majority of these students believe that the purpose of the language course is to speak the language. However, they soon find out that the class really focuses on “vocabulary and verbs” as a former high school French student wrote as he thought what his college Spanish class would be based on his former language experience. Students want to be able to speak the language and, yet, many teachers spend so much time preparing them to speak by learning vocabulary and learning verbs that the students do not get to speak. Students want to communicate in the language. How do we change our world language courses so that we met the students’ expectations and their parents’ expectations?
Some activities to help you develop communication in your Spanish classroom:
Spanish Describing School Classes Spontaneous Speaking – Pairs Speak about class with structured choices – two levels, 49 terms
Spanish Friend /Family Member Detailed Description – Partner Talk Say 9 sentences about a friend using 36 choices.
Spanish Tell Me About Yourself Substitution Sentences Talk about yourself by substituting your information in given sentences.
Spanish Family Indepth Speed Interviews- Partner Talk Do 4 Family Interviews of 10 questions each