La Clase de la Sra. Moloney


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Who Are You Calling a Drama Queen?

Ok, so, if you know us in the #niplang department, we love our theatrics and drama.  The more outlandish and outrageous we can be, the better.  Overacting?  YES!  TOO MUCH AT TIMES?  Well…  Our mantra is: whatever works, we’ll do it.

As you also may know, big changes have occurred in #niplang’s approach to teaching world languages.  We are putting an increased emphasis on speaking and listening with the goal of increasing fluency and promoting communication skills.  This skills-based approach has created a new batch of competent, confident speakers who can communicate effectively with others.  However, as much as we have evolved in our language instruction, sometimes, we just have to get back to basics, especially with some important “boring grammar stuff, ” like POR vs. PARA and SER vs. ESTAR.  Differentiating between using ser or estar (the verbs “to be”) in the proper context can be very challenging.  Likewise, deciding between por/para (prepositions than can mean for, by, because of, per, in order to, etc.) can be nearly impossible without a formal introductory lesson.  Unless you learn the proper grammar rules, you can end up making some serious unintentional errors that could significantly change what you are trying to say.

But how do you make a boring grammar lesson fun?  With a little drama, of course!  Next week, students in Level 3 Honors Spanish will begin creating video “shorts” that contrast the uses of ser/estar and por/para.  So, how is this fun, you ask?  Haven’t we done enough videos?

In groups, students will have to execute their series of (10), 10-second video shorts..in the style of an over-the-top, dramatic telenovela such as:

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Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 5.40.04 PMComplete with unnecessary close-ups and overreacting, students have to (over)act out these videos in Spanish, include English/Spanish text subtitles, and articulate their reason for using each respective word in context.

Knowing how creative my students are, I can’t wait to see how these videos turn out!  Check back soon for some sample student work.

 

 

 

 

 

So, how does our ridiculousness help us in our classrooms you ask?

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Student Spotlight – Zack L.

Last but not least, our final senior “Star Student” is…

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Nombre:
Zack Lapointe

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
4

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Being outdoors
  • Listening to music
  • Hanging with friends
  • Watching soccer

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Chicken Parm

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I’m hoping to learn more about the cultures of Latin American countries.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like that the class is mostly project-based.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We’re looking at our family trees and heritage.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
Well done” – Jake Szymko


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Student Spotlight – Bailey V.

Last Day of School!  Here is another senior “Star Student” from our LAX class!

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Nombre: Bailey Vogt

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
13 years

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Spending time outdoors.
  • Reading.
  • Listening to music.
  • Hanging out with family and friends.

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
All types of pasta!

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I am looking to learn more about different spanish cultures and the traditions that follow through Latin regions.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like learning about the different values from a variety of countries. Also, I love listening to the all the genres of Latin music.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
Last day of school!

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”


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Student Spotlight – Daisy P.

Here is another “Star Student” senior from our LAX class.

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Nombre: Daisy Prescott

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
Including this year, four.


(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Drawing
  • Playing video games
  • Writing
  • Singing and hoping to God no one can hear me

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
I love a lot of different foods, but I really love lo mein from any Chinese food place.

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I’m really hoping to learn more about Spanish/Latino/Hispanic heritage and culture, like what makes the countries stand out from each other. I know very little and I think it would be interesting and good to know.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
What I like most about the class is being able to immerse myself in other cultures and being able to meet all new people.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are currently finding someone in the community who is from a Spanish-speaking country and interviewing them about the process of becoming an American citizen and what it means to be someone of their heritage.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“Nothing is impossible! The word itself says, ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn


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Student Spotlight – Jake S.

Here is another “Star Student” senior from our LAX class!

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Nombre:
Jake Szymko

Clase: Latin American experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
13 years

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

 

  •  Soccer
  • Eat new foods
  • Go on new adventures
  • Look at new cars

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Chicken Parm

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I’m hoping to learn about many new cultures and their traditions as well as their values and morals.  

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like how we get freedom. We got to go out in the real world and connect with people and understand their story.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are currently learning about different Latin dances and their history.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“Alright Man”


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Student Spotlight – Michelle A.

Here is another “Star Student” from our LAX class!

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Nombre:
Michelle Arsenault

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
10 years

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Hiking
  • Playing the flute
  • Painting

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Burritos

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
How to make connections within the community and use Spanish to communicate.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
The freedom we have and the projects are different from other classes.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We just made a Spanish lip sync with English subtitles.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“I can’t wait to go home and take a nap.”

 


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Student Spotlight – Meg B.

Here is another senior “Star Student” from our Latin American Experience class!

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Nombre: Meghan Bolotin

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
6 years

 

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Playing Soccer
  • Painting
  • Art
  • Church youth group

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Beef Stew

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I hope to learn more about different cultures within the Spanish-speaking community and how the culture influences their everyday life.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
What I like most in this class is that every assignment can be used and applied in a real-world situation.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
I recently just learned the differences that distinguish Latino from Hispanic.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
 “JUST DO IT” and ¿Por qué no los dos?  – Why not both!!!!