Taking Spanish 1 to the next level, carefully and comprehensible!
I have to say, teaching my unit: Education it's promises and plights, is one of my favorite units of all time. There is just so much meaty vocabulary, themes and lengthy conversations about everything.
A few years ago, while teaching at an IB middle school, I really wanted to delve into big concepts. My dream was having students discuss big ideas and concepts in simple terms. Many resources were way too advanced, so collected some articles, did a bit of research and created some powerful educational texts. These texts discuss the differences in education systems around the world. It was spawned by this Pin on Pinterest:
We read this wonderful Pinterest article this in class, discussed the big ideas and then it hit me:What about education in other countries and cultures?
It was fun and very enjoyable creating these resources. See my students samples from 7th grade below.
In this Global Education resource, students learned about:
As a result of this unit, we held our first Spanish Symposium, which really was a project-driven exhibition of education around the world (the principal kept calling it Spanish Fair, so it stuck). Students conducted the research in Spanish and presented to the community.
- The dangers of educating women in Taliban controlled areas
- The plight of women in Afghanistan
- Education Inequality in South Africa
- Education in Japan
The goal with comprehensible School Unit and Global issues activity resource is to deliver complex concepts in a simplified for. mMost of the texts are written in the first person, with a few past tense words sprinkled in.
The first couple years of teaching, I wanted to engage students hearts in compelling topics that wrestled with or discussed in their English class. I hated that they felt that they had to "dumb" everything down when coming to Spanish class. In addition to the comprehensible input novels, we read, I also wanted to give them comprehensible input on live topics; hence the creation of this activity book. The goal was to capture the students' energy and:
- Introduce to them more complex topics on a smaller scale (Global Education Piece)
- Contextualize their experience, the vocabulary and bring everything full circle
- Privilege conversation
- Facilitate reading
- Promote higher order thinking skills
- Engage students in relevant topics such as the use of social media and bullying, but at their level
- Present perspectives of schooling in other countries.
I realized long ago that I did not have to wait until students got to a certain level of language development to teach them certain concepts. The goal with comprehensible input is to provide it within the realm of their level. I figured, if can get them to interact with similar topics and concepts they'd be exposed to in other class, but at their level, I may have something there! Digging deeper and being able to talk about real issues (and some fun things too) were my main goals.
Click here for the school unit free resource- reading and cloze-text dialogue that integrate native expressions
Click here for the Perspectives on Education around the world reference in this post.