Elementary Spanish FAQs
Gwen Kennerly, Glenridge Elementary Spanish Teacher
Phone: 854-6211 Email: email@example.com
How often will my child attend Spanish class? Grades 1st - 5th have Spanish 3 times per week for 30 minutes. (5th grade strings students will have fewer Spanish classes.)
What is taught during class? Please see the Curriculum Overview on this website.
Will my child be fluent at the end of the program? Fluency is not the goal of the Elementary Spanish Program. Students are expected to be able to talk about themselves, their family, their likes and dislikes, and describe everyday items by the end of elementary Spanish. We will focus on listening, speaking, writing, and cultural experiences. Classes are taught in Spanish and students are encouraged to speak in Spanish as often as possible. The curriculum, at times, reinforces what students are learning in Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies.
What can I do to help my child learn at home? Taking a few minutes a week to ask about Spanish class, review homework or other materials sent home, and encouraging your child to do his or her best will send a message that learning another language is important to you. This website also contains links to fun, computer-based games to play and other ways to extend learning. Duolingo, a free app for tablets and smart phones, also provides a great way for kids to practice outside of class.
What is the homework policy and expectation? Homework assignments might include having your son/daughter read to you in Spanish or teach you some familiar phrases from lessons in class. Homework provides students with the opportunity to practice Spanish outside of class and keeps parents updated about what we are studying. Checking our Instagram account regularly will also give parents insight into what is being learned in class. Please follow us in Instagram @holaglenridge
What if I don’t speak any Spanish? It is not necessary to correct your son/daughter’s work. Answers are provided to assist students who may get “stuck”. Simply offering a listening ear and an opportunity for them to practice is sufficient.