Welcome! I have the honor of teaching Spanish to the amazing students at Summerfield Elementary School. In addition to this website, I also maintain a class Google Doc, which can be found at tinyurl.com/sfspn (no spaces). My goal is to make Spanish as comprehensible, relevant, and engaging as possible.
Many parents ask what they can do to help their children with Spanish. The most important thing is to be supportive of learning Spanish and to encourage learning and practicing it. My Google Doc lists what students learn each week, resources that were used during class, and extra resources to further explore, learn, and practice. Research shows that people learn languages by trying to understand what they hear and read in communicative contexts, such as to learn or give new information, to build relationships, or for entertainment. Click here to read the full version of my teaching philosophy along with what is and isn't helpful when it comes to learning a language.
Students who put forth a good effort and follow class expectations will be successful in my class. A link to these expectations can be found in my Google Doc. Students and parents should understand that this is a low-frequency exploratory class; although students will hopefully learn or strengthen a few words, phrases, or concepts every time they see me, fluency is not expected. However, they will have a head start in middle school compared to students who have never been exposed to Spanish.
The in-person schedule is below and applies to grades that are in school when grades higher than Kindergarten are here. Students who are at home instead attend live meetings on Teams. Check the Live Teaching Times page in Canvas for the online schedule.
1st Muire Kornegay Jones Walker K Summers SJ Lolley 2nd Wolf Hausler Addison Cotterill 3rd Rezek Brown Kaylor Arrington 4th Lano Fulmore Rogers Swing 5th Joncas Carter Patton Lester
As mentioned above, I keep a class Google Doc. It has notes and materials from every year that I've taught here. There are also websites to practice and learn even more.
I recommend keeping it bookmarked. You can review what we did in class, get caught up if you were absent, and go beyond what we cover at school. Let me know if any links no longer work.
You can click the following or type it with no spaces: tinyurl.com/sfspn
Check back to see if we'll have Spanish Club later in the year if and when in-person events are allowed.