¡Adios! Ciao!

And just like that – we’re wrapping up the 2016-2017 school year!  It’s hard to believe that another year is in the books and also hard to think that I’ll be saying adios and ciao to my wonderful students!  As we head for the beach, I thought it would be nice to look back on a few fun memories from this year.

Italian 3 has been an absolute pleasure to teach this year.  Both sections (A and E blocks) brought more creativity, innovation and humor to our projects than I’ve ever seen! From creating cooking shows to movie trailers, these ragazzi really displayed such genuine excitement to use Italian in a variety of authentic situations.  We had the opportunity to go on a field trip to explore DaVinci’s legacy at the Boston MOS and explore Italy’s culinary heritage by visiting Eataly.  Students wrote fairy tales, performed skits and read two mini-novels in Italian.  We had our first group of inductees in the Società Onoraria Italica in March and many of these students are off for more Italian adventures next year in Italian IV.  I look forward to chatting them up in italiano in the halls and to traveling to Italy with them next April!
Bravi, ragazzi!  Grazie per un anno indimenticabile!

Here are a couple of class photos we took at the end of the year.

This is my third year at Nipmuc, and my third year teaching Spanish 2 – a course I love for a lot of reasons.  Perhaps the most exciting part of a level 2 language course is the progress that students make from September to June.  Students arrive with a well-formed base in the present tense, but leave being able to speak/write about the past, future and hypothetical situations.  As a teacher, it’s so fun to watch as students realize how much they expand their communication abilities with each tense.  This year, students made this transformation with lots of interesting projects that got them out of their seats and using the language in fun new ways.  From creating iMovie trailers to introduce next year’s Spanish 2 students to the course to making mystery celebrity timelines and taking on the challenge of one-on-one quarterly interviews – these students impressed me each day.  Level 2 students also participated in a new (and amazingly fun) project for World Language Week – creating mock food trucks for a community-wide competition!  As an added bonus, some students were able to join Nipmuc’s April adventure in España!

Some photos from D, G and B blocks over the past couple of days:

 

Wishing everyone a safe, fun, adventurous summer!  See you next year!
Signora/Señora B.

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Italian Student of the Week: Pasquale!

This week’s Italian Student of the Week is Peter Morelli.  Peter, or as he is called in Italian class “Pasquale” is a student in E Block Italian 3.  Here’s what Pasquale had to say about his experience in Italian 3 so far!

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Il tuo nome (your name): Peter Morelli

Il tuo nome italiano (your Italian name): Pasquale

La tua classe (your class): Italian 3 (E Block)

I miei passatempi (my hobbies): reading, football, video games

La mia attivitá in questa classe è…. (my favorite activity in this class is….)
Sticky sentences

Che facciamo adesso nella nostra classe? (What are we doing now in our class?)
We are re-teaching the concepts we learned this year with review projects.  I presented the future tense with my group today.  (More on these review presentations in my next post!)

Quest’anno, io voglio imparare … (This year I want to learn …)
How to get better at speaking Italian (you can read more about how we worked on speaking skills in this post)

The #1 country on my travel bucket list is…
Italy (did you know Nipmuc is traveling to Italy in April 2018?  If you’d like to come, please see Signorina Reardon in 239!)

Detto preferito (favorite quote/saying:
“Nothing is impossible.”

Bravo!  Grazie, Pasquale!  🙂