This year will be my first year to go from beginning to end with, what I feel like is, a more comprehensive view of what a proficiency and communication-based classroom should look like (and sound like, and feel like).
My goal at the beginning of the year is to get to know my students as well as I can as quickly as possible. This is my only hope of being able to truly facilitate their learning: knowing what makes them “tick”. Lucky for me, I’m a Spanish teacher, and we have a great, built-in, first-of-the-year learning target for that: “SOY!”
Even the classes with the students that I will have had for two and three years now, need to ease back into the routine of thinking, speaking, listening, and reading (ok, and singing) Spanish. That means my plans for my novices can easily be adapted to help my intermediates to do just that.
The first week, alongside my plans to establish rules and procedures and acquaint or re-acquaint students with the storytelling and CI (comprehensible input) process, I plan to focus on one song: “Esta Soy Yo”, by Francisca Valenzuela. I don’t know yet how much the students will like or love the song, if at all. But I will let you know! In the meantime, click here for the resource I made, complete with my steps for using the song. And don’t forget to play the song each day as students are entering!
Also, feel free to point out my errors. I made this in a flash, so I know the errors are there!
UPDATE: This is the I-Can Stamp Sheet that I made for the unit in which I will be using all of these activities. PLEASE share with me your suggestions for improvement; they are much appreciated! When I use the song with my other levels, these are the ACTFL Benchmarks for interpretive listening that we will be looking at:
Novice Low: “I can recognize a few memorized words and phrases when I hear them.”
Novice Mid: “I can recognize some memorized words and phrases when I hear them.”
Novice High: “I can often understand words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life. I can recognize pieces of information and sometimes understand the main topic of what is being said.”
Intermediate High: “I can easily understand the main idea on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests.”