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Preterite or Imperfect?

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 2.58.28 PM.pngPerhaps one of the most challenging grammatical components in Spanish is correctly utilizing and integrating the (2) past tenses: the preterite and imperfect.  These (2) past tenses are employed in different ways to express various ideas in the past. The tough question is, which one do I use when?

Well, the preterite is used to: narrate in the past and give just the facts of actions that have a distinct beginning and clear end…..WHAT??

The imperfect is utilized to describe or express feelings/opinions in the past and to emphasize ongoing or repeated action in the past….


Pretty abstract, challenging stuff, huh?  Instead of trying to memorize this nebulous concept, it makes more sense to put it in a more realistic, authentic context.

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Who is your favorite move star?  Athlete? Singer?  We all have one and let’s be honest, we know all about our favorite stars.  What better way to compare and contrast the (2) past tenses than by creating a a timeline of their life?  Students identified (10) benchmarks in their favorite public figure’s life and “narrated” in the preterite on multi-colored squares.  Then students identified (10) repeated actions or personality descriptions and articulated them in the imperfect on circles.  By utilizing the squares and circles (created by our newly-acquired Cricut machine) on a timeline, we are creating a visual/graphic organizer which delineates, compares, and contrasts the past tenses.

After, we will be creating WANTED posters for our public figures, utilizing the imperfect to describe physical attributes.





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Target Language Talk

What can you do in Spanish?  For many years, students were assessed on what they knew about the language, not what they could actually do in the target language.  The World Language department at Nipmuc recognizes that the goal of language acquisition is to facilitate communication.  Although accuracy and grammar are important factors in learning a language, the essential objective is to convey your thoughts, needs, ideas, and opinions to others.

So, how are we progressing towards this goal?

In Spanish II, students are creating “Chatterpix” talking photos, utilizing direct object pronouns and idiomatic expressions with infinitives.



In Spanish I, students are creating Spanish calendars and presenting their work entirely in the target language!  Students will be able to identify and describe each month’s season, related holidays, and classmates’ birthdays.  Additionally, students will be able to articulate the number of days and weeks on each month.

In Spanish IV, students are beginning their term projects.  Students will be running for president of a Latin American country and their task is to identify (3) social issues of importance and discuss how they might address these issues in their role as president. Students will be integrating the present, preterite, imperfect, future, and conditional tenses to create a fun, creative interactive poster in palet_150pxlino-it-app-logo, or other technology tool.  In addition students will embed a 60-second political commercial clearly articulating their campaign’s message of change.

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It’s here! Google Calendar

Hey parents and students – Interested in what tonight’s homework is?  Now, you can be updated right through Google Calendar!  Google Classroom is now linked with Google Calendar!  Click on the links below to check out the new calendar and sync your student’s homework calendar to your cell phone or tablet.
Spanish I – F Block
Spanish 4CPS – G Block
Spanish 4H – A Block
Spanish 4H – B Block
Latin American Experience – D Block