What a successful, exciting (and warm) first week of school! We started the 2015-2016 school year off with some fun getting-to-know-you activities in the target language and some great conversations about why we learn new languages. Here’s a glimpse into what we covered:
- Spanish II CPS and Honors students introduced themselves with M&M’s! Each student shared a few details about him/herself depending on the colors of their candies. We used some of the basic Spanish phrases that were learned in Spanish I (age, hometown, likes/dislikes, family members and friends). We also played a review game (via Kahoot!) and practiced with several of the technology tools we’ll be using this year (Quizlet, Google Classroom, Socrative) via an interactive stations activity.
- Italian III students already know each other (and me) pretty well from last year. Instead of introducing ourselves, we took an opportunity to have an all-Italian chat about our summers – what we did, where we went, who we saw. Students then wrote a paragraph about their summers using the past tense, and next week will practice their speaking skills by reading their writing into the Morfo app. Morfo creates fun, creative (and often hilarious) digital “avatars” of students’ faces – can’t wait to see how these turn out!
- Students in all classes received a course syllabus and a policy form. The policy form includes details about the cell phone policy and the difference between online dictionaries and translators. Please review and sign this policy form and return by Friday, September 11. All syllabi and policy forms are saved on the “Welcome” section of the website.
I’m so excited to start a new year with a fantastic group of students! Wishing everyone a happy, fun and relaxing four-day weekend. See you next week for more learning and fun!
¡Nos vemos! Ci vediamo! See you soon!
PS: for (even more) fun, check out this video that all Spanish II/Italian III classes viewed this week. It shows us how the Google Translate feature can never replace our own brain power when it comes to using another language!