The following is the text of a letter to all students and parents from Mrs. Villarraga, World Language Teacher…
It’s school time again! I am very happy to have your child in my classroom. I believe that by all of us working together we can make this a very successful year.
For all new parents and students my name is Ana Lucia Villarraga, Spanish teacher. This is the third year for the World Language program, Spanish at Stoddert. The students attend a FLES program (Foreign Language in Elementary School) with 45 minutes of instruction once a week.
During the lessons the students engage in multiple learning activities like but not limited to learning and singing songs, dancing, listening to stories, role playing, expressing ideas with pictures, playing games that involve math concepts, acting out simple dialogues, reciting poems, contests, working on simple expositions, playing games to practice structures and vocabulary, reading short stories, integrating other subjects to the target language and many other activities and strategies all related to a second language acquisition.
Our students also get an insight into the Hispanic Culture and actively participate in cultural activities related to the target language, Spanish.
Please encourage your child to practice some Spanish at home by singing songs, reviewing the vocabulary from the lessons, drawing picture and labeling them in Spanish, working vocabulary words and phrases with flash cards, reciting verses, playing games in Spanish, expressing things with Spanish words, phrases, or sentences according to his/her age and level. You can also get some didactic Spanish games from bookstores, libraries, or internet to practice the language; encourage your child to watch children programs in the Spanish Language channels; all those are good ways to help your child retain and maintain the information they learn in the Spanish classroom.
The students from 2nd to 5th grade will either have homework to complete, or a practice sheet to review at home weekly. When the homework is to be returned, the Spanish teacher will specify when it will be due. If the paper does not have any due date, then it will be only to practice at home.
MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR THE CLASS
The students in grades 1- 5 must bring Pencils, a notebook or folder with composition paper inside to work in class.
I am looking forward to working with you and your child and have a school year full of engaging learning experiences for our students.
Sincerely, Ana Lucia Villarraga
World Language Teacher