I started taking a class on language acquisition and adult learners. I am LOVING it! Last week, we had to respond to the prompt below. I have always loved the Spanish language, ever since I started learning it some…(wow)…17 years ago! But I’ve never really been able to pinpoint why. Here’s a theory I considered … More why do i love Spanish?
Two to three days a week I go to the homes of two 3rd graders to help them with reading. We go over letters (their names and the sounds that they represent), how they form syllables when paired with other letters or by themselves, and how those syllables come to form words. I’ve really enjoyed … More learning to teach
Written Wednesday August 31, 2011 I published this before, but for some reason it didn’t go though. Anyway, here it is again! 🙂 I majored in Spanish Language and Literature in college, so I’ve been pretty invested in the Spanish-speaking world long before I came to the Dominican Republic to live and work. I remember … More apellidos
Written Wednesday, July 13, 2011 I started an ESL (English as a Second Language) class a few weeks back. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed teaching English. It’s been different in that, when I teach ESL in the States, I know that my students have real motivation to want to learn, and speak English during … More first ESL class in the DR
Here’s an interesting article from the New York Times about learning Spanish, Chinese, and languages in general in the United States. Maybe one day, we’ll truly endow our youngins’ with the value of being bi-lingual–as well as bi-cultural–individuals. Primero Hay Que Aprender Español. Ranhou Zai Xue Zhongwen. By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF A quiz: If a … More first learn spanish. then study chinese.
in spanish, there is one word that represents to wait, to hope and to expect: esperar. in other words, if you want to say, “i am waiting for you,” you would say, “te espero.” if you want to say, “i hope you come,” you would say, “espero que vengas.” if you want to say, “i’m expecting a … More they that wait
i decided to focus on everyday places for this session of ESL. each class, we’ve covered experiences in everyday places like the workplace (and jobs), the bank, restaurants, etc. for the bank lesson, i created an illustration. in it, a man got paid cash, thought about depositing his money into a bank, but decided against … More teaching about banks
Classes for the new ESL session started back on Tuesday. I had a really good first class. 10 people registered, five people showed up, two people said they couldn’t show the first night, but would be there next time. I’m very excited and optimistic about this session. One of the activities that I did with … More election day esl lesson