Coming from a new country I had to face many challenges. All these challenges made who I am today. When I came to the United States in 7th grade, I barely knew how to speak English. The language barrier posed a serious problem for me. I found it difficult to interact with people. Adjusting to a new country was no easy task. When my family and I came to this country, we knew only one other family. It was even more difficult for my parents who knew virtually no English. They had to learn how to work and provide for me and my siblings in this entirely new country with a completely different culture. Despite having a better background in English, it still took me over two years to become fluent in English. Although coming to America and having
1. The point of taking Spanish or any other foreign language is crucial in education. Knowing a foreign language can come in handy when you're visiting a foreign country and it is becoming an increasingly needed skill in the diversifying Untied States. Learning a foreign language like Spanish can also help you with your English by making you think harder when reading and analyzing the context and sentence structure of things written in both languages. Employers and colleges also look for Spanish speakers because an understanding of the language not only shows your intellect and your ability to learn but it also makes you valuable in a country that has a rising Spanish population like the United States. Besides all the benefits from taking a Spanish class it is also a lot of fun to learn. For me I have always been fascinated
As a Spanish teacher, I believe the purpose of education is to learn so you can go out into the world and survive. Being able to communicate, have teambuilding skills and self-direction are the foundations of learning. My goals for teaching Spanish is that the students know how to communicate effectively. I do not want them to list off vocabulary but be able to apply it to a real world context. I want to teach Spanish because I love the idea of another language with the cultural aspects. Students learn best by doing, they can do worksheets but I believe students doing things hands on, crafts and interactive activities will help them acquire the language easier.
If foreign language was not a required class, this individual may have never realized becoming a Spanish major was a more suitable fit. Going into the field that fits an individual best is extremely important for their future happiness and success.
This semester I participated in a service learning partnership with two other students. Through the semester I spent a little over ten hours with each of my partners. Most of the activities we participated in were activities in which we were able to get to know one other on more of a personal level. The thing that made this partnership interesting was the fact we were all from different parts of the world. Which means the way we had grown up was very different for each of us.
This last summer the Foreign Language Club traveled to Costa Rica, a Spanish speaking country; this was a transforming experience for me because I learned many more things than just Spanish. It was the first time traveling without my parents and that was a little bit scary. I just turned 18 at the time.
Increasing my knowledge of Spanish was done in school. I always spoke Spanish with my parents, but I had not taken a specific class. However, in my first year of high school, I took a class called, ‘Spanish for Spanish Speakers’. Which taught Spanish in detail to allow students to correctly read and write the language. Furthermore, in my second year of high school, I took AP Spanish and expanded my skills
The author developed a sense of self-concept as he found himself growing up with Spanish culture, which help him recall his early childhood. Growing up he’s hunger to learn Spanish and trying to speak Spanish with confidence. The author is hoping to break the barrier and could speak Spanish freely. The author’s cultural identities are built up from his life and school experiences. He attended daily tutoring session in school and needed special attention from teacher.
As a result, Spanish class to me takes one a whole new level. A huge part of my Mexican culture is the Spanish language. For me, Spanish serves as the gateway into the rest of the culture because sayings or ideals like “sí se puede” can be better understood by me and also it provides me with a way to prove my ethnicity.In the spirit of true Mexican values, it provides a way to help the future generations to come. The Spanish language will help me revitalize my culture in my family and help prevent the same prejudice I have experienced for future generations
In the book Speak, we have been introduced to 4 teachers as of now, Mr.Freeman Mr.Neck Hairwoman and the Spanish teacher. Hairwoman reminds of a very happy on the outside and depressed on the inside kind of person. She has orange and black hair, she is kind of drooping about, you can’t see her face because of all of her hair. I imagine her to be pushing her students and making them do lots of unnecessary work. Mr.Neck, this teacher already doesn’t like our main character, he seems like a teacher only liked by few. The good kids who did their work. He seems very stingy not the kind of teacher that you would want to be angry at you, he works for lunch duty, and looks like he would avoid connecting to students that do not like his opinions. Mr.
Not being able to communicate with someone who is new to the family was extremely difficult, but when I heard my Uncle Gerardo speaking in Spanish I instantly knew I had to learn the language. From then on him and I exchanged small lessons on our primary languages with each other. We began with the basics- uno a diez (one to ten), and then moved onto more difficult topics. By the time I entered middle school I was beyond excited to finally be able to take a Spanish class. Halfway through the year I realized something extraordinary, I was passing the class with an impressive grade and could understand much more Spanish, but I also understood so much more about the culture. This is about the time that I became obsessed with learning how people in other cultures live- what do they eat, what do they wear, do they go to school, how many people are in the average family? And the questions did not stop there. I have fallen in love with places I have never even seen with my own two
More teachers are trying to learn Spanish, but there are still many that do not understand the language. For years, researchers have been trying to think of a new way to teach Spanish-speaking students the English language. There
When I was in eighth grade and my class was choosing our schedules for our first year of high school, I was told that for the diploma I wanted, I would have to take a foreign language. I chose Spanish, because I thought it would be easy. Little did I know that that decision would change my life forever.
My interest in Spanish emanates from my experiences growing up in a town that is predominately Hispanic, as well as being placed in a Spanish based dual language program in kindergarten up through eighth grade. Being one of four students in my class who spoke only English, I experienced the challenge of having most of my peers speak a different language than I did. If I had not learned Spanish, I would not have made as many close relationships as I had in those 9 years. I had the unique opportunity to learn Spanish mostly through immersion, as well as assist my Spanish speaking classmates in learning English. Becoming bilingual is a challenge, but language barriers break down through the years and productive communication becomes effortless.