Spanish Class: Adding Pronunciation / Speaking Activities without interrupting your schedule.

I have seen a few teachers post that their New Year’s (Teaching) Resolutions include creating more opportunities to grade Pronunciation activities in their classrooms.

Creating Pronunciation grades can be tricky.  How often should one grade Pronunciation?  Obviously, we assess pronunciation all day, every day in our classes.  We model pronunciation and listen for mistakes and help our students modify as necessary. 

But our students need to understand the importance of correct pronunciation.  After all, “Yo tengo hambre” is NOT the same thing as saying “Yo tengo hombre…”  😉 

And if your students have seen Will Ferrell’s cute Tweet floating around on Facebook, they may have finally learned that accents DO matter and there is a rather important difference between años and anos….and papá and papa…

 The problem I ran into in the past with Pronunciation grades was that it always took a 1/2 class period to a whole period to get through all students.  And what do the other students do while each student comes up to my desk to recite their Pronunciation assignment??

Well, I think I’ve solved the problem.  🙂
Communication in the target language is always the goal for a foreign language student. Sometimes our students need a bit of motivation to speak in the target language and help feeling comfortable speaking in front of others.

This packet was created to help provide a tool to guide your students in pronunciation activities every week throughout the school year. You will be able to assess your students’ pronunciation on a WEEKLY basis and MONITOR their progress throughout the school year! out on doing Pronunciation activities during the first semester?  No problem.  Read through the activities, decide where your Spanish 1 students are and just start there.

 TRACKING SHEET, RUBRIC and ORAL PROGRESS REPORTS are included to help you stay organized and help to provide your students visual guidelines and feedback.         

48 WEEKS of a weekly pronunciation assignment have been provided as well as blank frames so you can add anything you like.
 The BEST ADVICE I have heard for using my packet is a genius idea from another teacher–
She assigns one Pronunciation activity a week and has her students call her work phone and leave voicemail messages reciting their assignment!  That way she doesn’t have to take away from classroom teaching!  Genius!  I think this is amazing advice.  If you choose to do your Pronunciation assignments this way, you can do the grading in a more relaxed manner and at your leisure.
What are YOUR ideas and advice for Pronunciation grading in your Foreign Language class?  Please leave a comment below and share your ideas with us!
La Profesora Frida


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Welcome to my World!

Hello, Hola, Hallo!!

Hello! I’m an American teacher.
wait, let me start over.

Hola! I’m an American Spanish teacher!
hang on…

Hallo! I’m an American Spanish teacher living in Holland!

What the heck?? Yup.
I taught in a “regular” classroom for 7 years. And I took courses to learn to be an online teacher, and I taught online Spanish classes in my “spare time” (what spare time?) for 2 years. And then….

Well, let’s go back a few years.
When I was in my 2nd year of college, one of my Spanish profs gave a lecture about El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. This is a holy pilgrimage across the entire width of Spain (800kms, 500miles) that can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 7 weeks (depending on how fast you can walk, or want to walk).

My prof had a PowerPoint presentation to go along with his talk, and I was in awe.
Complete and utter “THIS is what I SHOULD be doing with my LIFE” kind of awe.
It called to me.
I knew I needed to do it.
And I thought about it. A lot. And I talked about doing it. A lot.
And the years went by.

And finally, a girlfriend of mine said, “DO IT! Stop talking about it, pick a date and DO IT!”
And so I did.

I started in St. Jean Pied du Port in France, at the foothills of the Pyrenees.
I crossed mountains, forests, valleys, fields, deserts, rocks, rivers….
Personal mental battles mostly.
And in 5 weeks I arrived in Santiago a smelly, dirty, sore, bruised, exhausted and extremely happy pilgrim.

Did I mention I accidentally fell in love along the way?
The 2nd most amazing thing I’ve ever done in my life. 😉

He’s a tall, dark & handsome Spaniard to boot! Lucky duck, I know!
This tall, dark & handsome Spaniard (who speaks 6 languages and is an amazing cook! Like I said, lucky duck!) just happens to live in Holland!

What’s a girl to do??
MOVE TO HOLLAND of course! 🙂

So. Here I am. Teaching Spanish online while I adjust to a totally different culture and learn another language (yippeeeee! I<3 languages, I’m a total linguistic geek!)!

So that’s me!
What about YOU??

(p.s. I don’t want to fail to mention that El Camino de Santiago de Compostela can take much more time than I took. I met a couple who walked out their front doors in Holland and just kept walking. They had already been walking for 2 months when I met them and they still had a month to go! I also met a man who started at the Vatican, had already made it to Santiago and was walking BACK to the Vatican. Hmm…. Someday? Time will tell!)