Today we reviewed greetings and subject pronouns from the last class. We first reviewed what each subject pronoun in Spanish was. I "quizzed" them by saying a subject pronoun (e.g., ''ella'') and the students had to tell me what this meant. After reviewing these for a bit, we moved on to reviewing greetings. We reviewed the translations of each word/phrase and then continued to a similar "quiz". I would say one word/phrase and they needed to give me a correct response. I was impressed with this activity, because responding to each prompt seemed to be easier for them. After this we reviewed the four dialogues that were given to them in the previous class. We read each dialogue and discussed the meanings of each dialogue. Finally, we practiced impromptu dialogues between all of us, which went very well. It was noticeably easier for both students to respond to our conversations, which is a great improvement! For the last portion of the class, we started to learn about time: how to tell time, dates, and months. Before jumping into the vocabulary of the months, and how to tell time, we learned the numbers 1-12 and briefly discussed the numbers 13-60. As always with learning new words, I said the word (in this case, the number) aloud and had them repeat. As we said the numbers, we were looking at a printout of a clock, which had tips on how to tell the time in Spanish. This way, I could point out which number we were saying, as they repeated out loud. We then learned how to ask what time it is, and how to respond. This will take more practice to become comfortable telling time. Finally, for the last part of the lesson, we learned the days of the week, and the months of the year. I said the word, and they repeated. This last portion of the lesson was brief and we will spend much more time reviewing it in the next lesson.
Overall, I think our lessons have been going great. The students are showing improvements with responding to basic dialogues and learning new vocabulary. They are very motivated, and Student 1 has even created a goal of learning five new words per day. To help him achieve this goal, he downloaded an app on his phone which helps practice new vocabulary. It covers pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, and writing. During the times that we don't have classes, they will review the materials we have covered, and use this new app to help practice.
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