School year 2015-2016
Spanish as a World Language (SWL) at Columbine
Dear parents and students,
¡BIENVENIDOS a Español como Lengua Extranjera! (Spanish as a World Language – SWL)
We are excited to begin our 2015-2016 school year. Columbine’s team of language experts have developed strong linguistic goals that are aligned with Columbine’s biliteracy expectations!
Our SWL program goal is to provide a path to the Spanish as a World Language courses offered at the middle and high schools in Boulder. We believe that the time English-speaking students spend at Columbine, learning Spanish, will place them on a solid trajectory toward biliteracy. This will allow students to access more advanced levels of Spanish courses in middle and high school (Spanish 2 or above).
How is the teaching of language and culture covered in our program?
Our program is grounded in multicultural learning and understanding. We place emphasis on linguistic and cultural competence, therefore all SWL students have the opportunity to explore the Spanish language and its cultures through cultural cues and insights. This program also includes proven and successful methodologies like total physical response, cooperative learning, music and songs, role-playing, etc.
The SWL program, Descubre el español, is comprised of 8 unit objectives per school year (at all grade/levels.) We cover one unit per month, each unit consists of four topics. We study one topic per week. Each unit highlights a Spanish-speaking country and the components of its culture and landmarks. This is a quality program that is standard based, culturally authentic with technologically rich audio-visual materials.
Tracking our students success:
1. Preliminary assessment: This year we have been able to split all grade levels in two differentiated groups where each student will have the opportunity to be successful! All students took a preliminary assessment before being placed in their specific group.
2. Ongoing assessments: The students have informal and formal assessments that are included throughout and at the end of each unit. These assessments provide evidence of progress throughout the curriculum.
3. Cuadernos de Práctica: Each student has his/her own practice workbook and has been asked to bring it home every Friday to share with his/her family. Please help us ensure that your student brings their workbook back to school every Monday.
4. Homework: Since our work is completed in the classroom, we have asked students to choose a Spanish speaking buddy (or teacher, friend or family member) with whom they can practice the targeted language structures after school hours as this will greatly contribute to their confidence and fluency with the language.
5. Spanish Showcase: May 5, 2016 (please reserve the date)
Finally, our team of experts is dedicated to ensuring Spanish classes are engaging, fun and a cultural adventure for every student. We look forward to an exciting year with each student and their families.
Please feel free to contact Marina anytime. We welcome your questions and feedback!
Marina La Grave
SWL Lead Coordinator
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