3 Simple Language Learning Hacks That’ll Work Behind The Scenes

spanish curriculumSometimes it’s difficult for educators to take a step back from curriculum design and lesson plans to think about the learning that happens beneath the surface. Young students are little information sponges. Sometimes they don’t like learning from the curriculum they see day after day.

This calls for a little subversive educational creativity. There are some subtle tweaks that you can make in your classroom that’ll have your students none the wiser, meanwhile, they’re learning passively. Let’s take a look at a few possible strategies.

The Hidden Brain

It’s no secret that Spanish curriculum lessons for preschoolers — and any group around that age — can be difficult to rigorously implement. Therefore, it must be supported by things that don’t act like their regular curriculum. Play Spanish storybooks aloud in your classroom. Play music with Spanish lyrics. Make language the background sounds in your classroom and they won’t even know that they’re passively learning. For their first eight years, children are naturally acquiring language skills through imitation, repetition, songs, and games. Give them audible things to absorb.

Learning Sandwich

Many teachers who implement Spanish curriculum for children have a choice in how they design their daily class schedule. Consider making language learning the first thing your students do each day. Why? Creating a learning sandwich like this builds a language learning habit. The first thing they learn upon waking up is language (top bun), which coincides with it being the last thing they study before sleeping (bottom bun). Learning habits are built best with younger learners, help them build those habits with a learning sandwich.

Bring In Your Life

Remember that chic Spanish tapas restaurant you went to over the weekend? Go next week and ask for a few menu copies. Young learners are fascinating by the mystery of what their teachers do outside of the classroom. Tell them about the delicious food you ate, the music, and the atmosphere, then pass around some menus and ask them about unfamiliar words. They eat stuff like that up. A word of caution, this may also make them hungry.

Learning isn’t always the overt passage of information. It often happens in the background only to manifest itself later. Take advantage of this fascinating human capability and see how you can incorporate passive learning in your classroom.

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