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Top Five Tips For Elementary School Spanish Teachers

Teaching young children is a difficult, but rewarding profession. Seeing your students finally grasping the concepts and making progress is one of the best parts of being in the classroom. However, getting to that point can be a bit trickier when you’re working in two languages. Here are just a few pieces of advice for elementary Spanish teachers to help your students get the most out of your elementary school Spanish curriculum.

 

  1. Take it one step at a time: Breaking down your lessons and language goals into smaller steps for your students will help them focus and retain the information you’re giving them. Kids have a limited attention span, and delivering lessons in smaller, bite-sized pieces will make sure you’ve got their full attention.
  2. Start as early as possible: Between the ages of eight and twelve, children lose the ability to hear and reproduce new sounds the way they did when they were younger. This will make learning a second language difficult, although not impossible. Starting them out as young as possible on an elementary Spanish curriculum will give them the best advantage for learning Spanish.
  3. Incorporate culture and authentic materials: Using the same material native Spanish speaking children would use helps to fully immerse your students in the language and the culture surrounding it. Look for Spanish storybooks, videos, and songs to incorporate into your lesson plans. This also adds some variety to the classroom to keep your students engaged.
  4. Bridge information between your lessons: Once you’ve finished with a particular topic or lesson, be sure to bring back that vocabulary into future lesson plans. Language and vocabulary are most easily remembered through frequent use and exposure; work in vocabulary from previous lessons into your current and future ones to make sure the students retain it.
  5. Bring outside voices into the classroom: If students are limited to only hearing Spanish from you and their classmates, they’re going to struggle a bit when it comes to using Spanish in the real world. Hearing a wide variety of Spanish speakers and different dialects will help your students improve their ability to speak Spanish outside the classroom.

 

These tips will help both you and your students get the most out of your elementary Spanish curriculum. For more advice and materials for your classroom, contact Sonrisas Spanish School.

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