Linda Li

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  1. Whoa, Ben! Twilight Zone moment here! I just gave my students a recognition check yesterday. It was 100 sample questions and answers that I have been asking over the last 7 days of class. We are focusing on getting to know one another better–using Spanish to do so, but the focus is on one another. We are learning some interesting things and it is highly rewarding (and COMPELLING, I might add).
    It opened with these paragraphs:
    Spanish I, First Days
    Get-to-Know La Clase
    This is some of the contextualized, personalized, interesting Spanish that we are doing “on the side” the few days of class. We are spending about 10-15 minutes a day getting to know one another in class. The objective is to build respect, community and trust so that students can relax enough to learn deeply and well. These are examples of the questions and comments from the first few days of Spanish I class.
    Beginning language learners do no t need to produce much language—they just need to understand. We check to see if students understand by asking lots of personalized questions. Students answer these questions with one word answers, usually names, places, numbers or cognates, and sometimes with simple, common, predictable Spanish words. All of the language is contextual. There are very few single words floating around with no connection to other words. We focus on meaning, and right now that means we focus on learning about the students in this class. We are using Spanish for a purpose here—to get to know one another a bit better.
    Please indicate which phrases below you can understand (these samples questions are from several different classes, so you may not recognize some of the names or activities).

  2. Linda Li does have that certain “Je ne sais quoi” as the French say. There is definitely a playfulness in the way she works a room, but it is never anything but joyful:Never forced, never overly emotive and never fake.

  3. Chill,
    This is just my take on what Ben does. I wanted to see how much they understand–partially a quantifiable piece for administrators and partially my own curiosity. the kids are enjoying learning about one another and we are learning as we go. Each day we can go a bit deeper. They get upset if we don’t learn about at least one person per day. We only have about 10 students per class that have been introduced so far, so in a couple of big classes that means we are only 1/3 of the way.

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