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All District Elementary Spanish Programs
District Elementary Spanish Curriculum
Research supporting early language learning
Distance learning for language learning
Resources for teaching Spanish
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Sample Curriculum from other districts
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Parent resources to help your child learn Spanish
This is the Thompson School District's (Loveland, Colorado) wikispace for the Elementary Spanish Programs.
Resource Wiki for Early Language Learning
Teachers in the model FLES (foreign languages in elementary schools) program adhere to certain guidelines when planning and conducting their lessons. These guidelines, which informed the creation of this curriculum, include the following:
Use the second language 98–100 % of the time
Teach around a theme/content-based
Help students understand the language without translating
Provide a language-rich environment that presents vocabulary in context
Include meaningful culture in every lesson
Reinforce concepts from other classes in the foreign language class
Use authentic songs, games, stories, and rhymes
Incorporate reading and writing skills
Plan varied lessons that appeal to differing interests and learning styles
Provide the students with opportunities to talk about topics that are meaningful to them
Assess students' progress on a regular basis, using a variety of methods
Maintain open communication about the program and about learners’ progress with parents, fellow teachers, school and system administrators, and the general public
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