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Habla conmigo…Level IV Oral Assessments

Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 3.52.48 PMIt’s that time again!  Oral assessments have become the norm around here in the #niplang department for a variety of reasons.  In the past, students were able to “ace” 8-page written exams on vocabulary and grammar concepts.  These exams showed what these students remembered and memorized…and that’s about it.

Whenever past students would return home from college, they would tell me how much grammar they remembered and how their professors were so amazed by their vast vocabulary.  They talked about how they could conjugate all day long and translate like a pro.  They also lamented the fact that they “could write it” but “just couldn’t speak it.”

Ouch…  Professionally speaking, that stung pretty badly.  Not gonna lie.  I hated to admit it, but they were totally right.  Since, we NEVER really did speak that much in class, how could I have expected them to miraculously do that in college?  Speaking and instructing in the target language is the toughest thing to do as a language teacher, and I guess I had avoided doing it, at least with some level of consistency, for many years.  It was time to make a change.  Thus, the oral exam.

jobWe have been working over the past few years, slowly building on our successes and learning from our failures.  This year, for the first time ever, ALL 4 levels of Spanish are being assessed through a face-to-face interview in the target language.  This year’s Level IV questions have been reformulated and redesigned to make them more relevant and personal, giving the students more options to be creative and to take risks using the target language.

I don’t know that we will ever have a “final” set of oral exam questions, as our ideas and strategies are always evolving, but I do take great pride in #niplang’s reimagining of our world language goals to best serve our students.  Wish us luck!

By the end of Term I, all Spanish IV students will be able to execute (ask and explain) the following themes and questions:

  1. El primer día de clases, ¿cómo te sentías?
  2. ¿Qué puedo hacer yo para crear una clase interesante y emocionante?
  3. ¿Qué hiciste el año pasado que esperas hacer de nuevo este año?
  4. ¿Qué tipo de proyectos/actividades quieres hacer en la clase de español este año?
  5. Hasta ahora, ¿siempre tenías miedo de hablar en español en clase?  ¿Sí o no?  ¿Por qué?
  6. Dime un ejemplo cómo/cuándo trabajaste muy diligentemente en un proyecto.
  7. ¿Qué gramática necesito repasar contigo este año?
  8. ¿Cómo te ayudo a tener éxito este año?
  9. ¿Qué aprendiste con respeto a la cultura hispánica con el proyecto “Face Off”?
  10. Si prestas atención en la clase y te concentras en tu trabajo este año, ¿qué crees que vas a lograr?
  11. Describe una parte del proyecto “Face Off” que te fue muy difícil.
  12. Describe una parte del proyecto “Face Off” que te fue muy fácil.
  13. En la escuela primaria, ¿quién era tu maestro/a favorito/a? ¿Cómo era?
  14. ¿Siempre te gustaba la escuela? ¿Por qué? ¿Por qué no?
  15. ¿Seguirás estudiando español en la universidad?  ¿Por qué or por qué no?
  16. ¿Qué harás este ano para mejorar tus habilidades de comunicación en español?
  17. ¿Cuál sería tu trabajo soñado?  ¿Por qué?
  18. Si pudieras viajar a cualquier país, ¿adónde viajarías?  ¿Por qué?
  19. Si pudieras cambiar algo en Nipmuc, ¿qué cambiarías?
  20. ¿Cómo usarás tu español en el futuro?

 

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Student Spotlight – Kerri F.

Periodically, we will have a “Star Student” serve as our class guest blogger.  This student will have the unique opportunity to tell you a little bit about themselves and to explain some of the exciting things going on in our classroom from a student’s perspective.
Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 2.39.41 PMNombre: Kerri F.
Clase: E Block Spanish 3 Honors
How many years have you studied Spanish?: 2
(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:  Singing Whitney Houston
(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:  Mashed Potatoes, Mac’n’cheese bites
(Why are you studying a world language) ¿Por qué estudias un idioma mundial?:  To have experience if I ever travel
(What are you hoping to learn in Spanish class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?: Tenses
(What activities do you like to do in class?) ¿Qué tipo de actividades prefieres hacer en la clase?: KAHOOT
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Why?:
Shawn Mendes because he’s my favorite artist.
What are the top (3) places on your bucket list that you would like to visit?:
Germany, California, and Greece
(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:  “Wherever you go, there you are.”


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Oral Assessment Time – Term 4 Cara a Cara Interviews

first_impressionsIt is that time of the year again! Our final oral assessment is nearly here!  Spanish II Honor students have done an incredible job of learning and integrating 9 verb tenses this year and now they have a chance to showcase their ability to use them in context to communicate in a meaningful way.  by the end of this term, all Level II Honors students will be able to execute (ask, answer, and expand upon) the following (20) questions (and several complex variations/scenarios of these questions).

  1. ¿Qué hacías _____________________?
  2. ¿Cómo era __________________ que _______________? (Descríbelo/la/los/las)
  3. ¿Qué hiciste cuando tenías __________ años?
  4. ¿Qué hora era cuando _____________?
  5. ¿Qué tiempo hacía cuando _____________?
  6. ¿Cómo estabas cuando _____________?
  7. ¿Qué harás si ganas la lotería?
  8. ¿A qué hora llegarás a casa esta tarde?
  9. ¿Cuándo me dirás tu decisión?
  10. ¿Me ayudarías con mi tarea?
  11. ¿Cuándo podrías visitarme en México?
  12. ¿Por qué querrías continuar estudiando espanol el próximo ano?
  13. ¿Adónde has viajado?
  14. ¿Por qué has estudiado el español?
  15. ¿Habías estudiado el espanol antes?
  16. ¿Habías gozado de todas tus clases siempre?
  17. Para el fin de este año, ¿qué habrás aprendido en la clase de espanol?
  18. ¿Qué habrás logrado este año?
  19. ¿Qué habrías hecho diferentemente este año?
  20. ¿Qué habrías hecho si fuera candidata a presidente este año?


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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”