Hello to all interested in reading these insights that you may find informative.
Today I would like to mention the termly teachers' meetings as being one of the top priorities in the well running of this language school.
These meetings are useful to all not just to sit down, socialise and find out more about each other over a coffee -which is very nice- but also as a way of learning and sharing many things such as new techniques and approaches to teaching Spanish as a second language.
I would like to share with you three of the most relevant topics that I brought up and were discussed during our last meeting this term: ¬¬
I asked the teachers how to encourage students to participate during lessons
and they agreed that one of the best ways is give all students equitable time to speak and participate.
To encourage students who may be less prone to speak is crucial and by giving them equitable time, the teacher will make them feel at ease knowing they have time verbalise the exercises that connect the subject with what has been learnt in the previous lessons. ¬¬
We enumerated our preferred basic necessary
(not necessarily by order) material
and why: 0
The Audios = Helping students understand the language by listening to music, extracts of news, radio programs, dialogues etc.
The Videos = help students understand by visualising parts of films or documents that may have been previously discussed.
The Flash Cards = tactile, interactive and visual, flash cards are a very useful and traditional way of communicating in the classroom – an one of my favourites- Students are encouraged to hold them and practice exercises that require repetition and practice such as numbers, the alphabet and conjugation of verbs among other.
The Text Book = the most practical material used to teach the grammatical fields, review exercises and also for homework.
Although the book is very useful, we tend to only use it no more than 40% of the lesson’s time.
In my opinion, a balance of all the above elements makes the lesson much more dynamic. We are fond of a book called Aula Internacional by Editorial Difusion because is interactive, informative and includes links with information about current articles and other useful information. ¬¬
To conclude I posed the question of how much homework
Teachers all agreed that homework is very important as continuation from one week to the other. Students are encouraged to work at home for at least 15 minutes weekly and in order to recap and reinforce the concepts taught the previous week.
As ever, teachers are very motivated by the students as well. At Spanish Connection we are proud to be working with not just highly trained teachers but also with a variety of students who enjoy every minute of every lesson.
Please find some of our students testimonials here: https://www.spanishconnection.org.uk/testimonials
The Spanish Connection’s team is looking forward to meeting and teaching you very soon.