Today we reviewed the letters, sounds, and words from the last class. I brought printouts with tips on how to pronounce different sounds in Spanish, including techniques on how to roll your "rr"s and also tips for saying "g", "i", "a", "c", and "x". Later, for a quick and fun break, we learned how to say the students' names using Spanish accents. After, we practiced different tongue-twisters ("trabalenguas") to really work on the different sounds in the Spanish language. After this, we reviewed the Spanish subject pronouns. The students repeated each subject pronoun after me, and then we reviewed what the translation for each word. We proceeded to learn basic greetings using these subject pronouns. First, they looked at a printout I created of necessary vocabulary used in greetings: e.g., good morning, good evening, good night, how are you (formal and informal), where are you from, and what is your name (formal and informal). They then practiced pronunciation by repeating each new vocabulary word/phrase after me. After this, they read four basic, formal and informal dialogues that I created using the new vocabulary that they learned (greetings and subject pronouns). First the students read each dialogue out loud and we discussed and noted any uncertainties with vocabulary. I intentionally included some new vocabulary in this dialogue to enhance the dialogue and their own Spanish vocabulary. After this, the students took turns reading the dialogue with me. Finally, I read the dialogue alone, for them to hear how it should sound (with correct intonation and pronunciation). Our final portion of the class we did three different conversation activities using the greetings and subject pronoun vocabulary. In the first activity, student #1 and student #2 read one word or phrase that would be used in a basic dialogue, and decided a way to respond. They each completed five different responses to the vocabulary. This was just practice with becoming comfortable using the Spanish greetings. In our second activity, student #1 and student #2 had to create and say an imaginary dialogue using a prompt. A correct response needed to include a formal greeting using the correct time of day ("buenas tardes"). I did not help either student create this impromptu dialogue, and was very impressed by how quickly they were able to respond to each others' greetings. Both students created four different impromptu dialogues using these different prompts. The most difficult part of this activity was using formal and informal greetings correctly. This again, will come with more practice. For the final activity of the lesson, student #1 and student #2 needed to "interview" each other using specific guidelines: a proper greeting, asking how the other is doing, asking the other person their name and where they are from, and finally an end to the conversation. Both students did very well with this last exercise. It was the end of the lesson, and was the hardest activity, but they kept their focus and practicing until we finished. I recommended that throughout the weekend, both students review the vocabulary and pronunciation of what we had learned.
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