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¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español 2018-2019!

- Srta. Zaragoza

Welcome to Ms Zaragoza's Irving Spanish website.

I am excited to start my 12th year at Irving. 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.

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 @IrvingEspanol for updates and pictures in Spanish class.

Looking forward to a great year!- Srta. Zaragoza


Octubre 2018

Kindergarten- Reviewing colors and animals as they read and practice the vocabulary for the book "Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo, ¿Qué ves ahí?"

1st grade- Students reviewed feelings and techniques on how to calm down in Spanish.

2nd grade- Students are working on making symbolic ambassador butterflies to represent the Monarch migration cycle, that we will send to Mexico for the winter through the Journey North website. Visit their website to learn more about it! https://journeynorth.org/symbolic-migration They are also practicing reading in Spanish with the story "Monarca va a Michoacán".

3rd grade- Reviewed physical and character traits descriptions. We are now working on family and relatives.

4th grade- Reviewed pets in Spanish, they will soon start reading their first novel "Brandon Brown quiere un perro".

5th grade- Is comparing and contrasting schools in the United States with those in Mexico as they read the first chapter of the novel "Tumba".