Hints For Teachers
*Read the teacher’s guide carefully.
*Contact the department chairperson for the materials that are to be used.
*Familiarize yourself thoroughly with the objectives of the text and the district.
*Create an atmosphere representing the culture through the use of bulletin boards, posters, pictures, etc.
*Plan a little more instruction than you can cover in one class period and remain flexible in your planning.
*Keep the pace of the lesson very brisk with variety.
*Promote oral proficiency by providing warm-up exercises to lead pupils into the lessons.
*Teach vocabulary items as equipment necessary to everyday situations.
*Give simple directions in the target language as much as possible.
*Establish from the first day classroom rules and procedures for attendence, homework, make-up and general behavior.
*Prepare a seating plan which best fits your needs, but also reflects the individual needs of pupils.
*Vary pupil seating periodically.
*Walk to various parts of the room as you present the lesson.
*Call on individual pupils from different parts of the room, ensuring participation by all.
*Allow pupils to participate actively in preparing instructional materials.
*Encourage the “buddy system: where appropriate, allosing more able pupils to work with slower learners.
*Encourage and praise pupils.
*Give many examples of new structures and vocabulary.
*Use numerous audiovisual aids to ensure comprehension and to help sustain pupil interest.
*Make reasonable demands on pupils.
*Be fair and consisten.
*Return graded assignments and tests promptly.
Introduction to Vocabulary
- Option 1
Materials needed: Transparency with words in Spanish and on a separate transparency in English, mini white boards for each student, marker and eraser.
Present the vocabulary to the students first in TL, students write the words on the white boards, repeat the words, and read the words to a partner. Students will hear the word, hear it used in context, see it, write it and repeat it. Flood the students with TL using the word in context and giving them examples of when and how it is used. This will be a quick activity that will take about 10 minutes.
Next, place the words in Spanish on the overhead, repeating the same activity as before only having them recall the words and draw a picture illustrating them on the white boards. Students are to write them correctly and then hold them up so the teacher can review quickly if the words are pictured correctly.
2. Option 2