I think I have one of the best jobs in the world, and the other Spanish teachers I know feel the same way. Of course, nothing is perfect, and one of the things that I would like is more time and ways to communicate with parents. These are a few of the ideas I try to share with parents on a regular basis.
There is an infographic with this information at the end of the post, so you can share with colleagues and friends (both a printer-friendly version and one you can share online). If you are a Spanish teacher, be sure to add what you want parents to know in the comments.
Your child is learning Spanish.
She understands and knows more than you realize. We teach kids words in context, and many of us avoid translation as much as possible. So, your child might not be able to answer “How do you say (random word) in Spanish?” at any one moment, but she is learning to understand real communication. Have faith and be patient. She is learning!
Language is more than words.
We want to connect kids to the people, cultures and history behind the words they learn. Culture may not seem the fastest road to fluency, but it will give them the knowledge and perspective they need to truly master the language and interact with Spanish-speakers from around the world.
Spanish isn’t a foreign language.
More than 40 million people in the U.S. speak Spanish at home, and we believe learning Spanish is important for all kids. We also understand cultural identity is complex. We will support all home cultures in any way we can.
Learning a language is a lifelong process.
The complexity of language is mind boggling, and mastering a second language requires many years of consistent exposure and practice. Whatever your situation, be realistic about what your child is expected to learn and celebrate her accomplishments.
There is a method to the madness.
Really! A methodology, in fact. Sometimes it looks like fun and games, but it is carefully structured language input.
Spanish teachers are working really hard.
Every word we say to our students is the content we are teaching, so we interact intentionally. We create comprehensible input at every minute of every interaction. Each word is an opportunity! We love it, and we get good at it, but it also makes us tired!
Spanish teachers appreciate your help.
Any contact with Spanish helps your child learn. We are happy to recommend songs, apps, books and ways to work Spanish into your daily routines.
The benefits of learning Spanish go beyond the language.
Learning Spanish develops vocabulary in English, confidence and an understanding and appreciation of community and the world.
We know there is more to your child’s life than Spanish.
We care about your child. If there are things we need to know to help her learn, tell us.
Learning Spanish is worth the work.
Your child will thank you.
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