Welcome to Sra. Nieto's D97 Spanish website.
I am excited to start my 4th year in District 97, this year at Irving and Mann Elementary schools. I look forward teaching your child; students in grades K-2 will have Spanish three times and students in grades 3-5 will have Spanish two times each week for 30 minutes.
What does a typical Spanish class entail? Fun and learning! We sing songs, dance, play games, read, role-play and learn all in the target language. Our classes are hands on, interactive and lively! Instruction is almost 100% in Spanish. Instruction is not based on vocabulary lists and drills but more of a natural organic approach using hands on learning.
At times, Spanish can be overwhelming for Kindergarten and new students but over time they will learn all the routines in Spanish and feel at ease with hearing the language.
It takes approximately 240 minutes to improve in Spanish and our students only have class 60 or 90 minutes a week. On average, students need to hear a word approximately 100 times before they can effectively and efficiently produce the word. Therefore, most of our students are novice learners that need context, visuals, and familiar contexts to help them communicate, and they do so best with those accustomed to interacting with language learners.
If you are on twitter follow me @sranieto97 for updates and pictures in Spanish class.
Looking forward to a great year!- Sra. Nieto