Here is a link to the 200 Most Common Words in French and Spanish, for anyone interested:
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Jeffrey Sachs was asked what the difference between people in Norway and in the U.S. was. He responded that people in Norway are happy and
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I wasn’t able to access the documents from this link. It takes me to the DPS homepage. Any suggestions?
After clicking the link, look on the right hand side toward the bottom
this looks like the beginning of the list found in Mark Davies book A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish.
Thank you! I also saw all of the work Denver Public TPRSers have been doing over the last 6-10 years – thanks for that. We are just entering into the discussions of approved texts/books, textbooks as curriculum, teacher eval. etc. This will get us much further down the road! We are much smaller than DPS, but still one of the 10 largest districts in Minnesota, with 11,000 students. Thanks again for the hard work on this.
Ben: I once saw a document on the DPS site that described the adolescent language learner. It was a description of the nature of the teenager and what one could expect from the high school language learning experience. Parts have been adapted from the NJ Standards document. I have scoured the site and can’t find the link. Do you k now what I am looking for? It may have come from Diana.
Carol I found it. It is in the course outline for Denver Public Schools:
It all comes from Diana and Meredith Richmond and Paul Kirschling. They are real warriors. They are members of the Knights Who Kick Ass*. I’ll refer this to Diana and get you an answer.
*this is a group of warrior knights that is being formed in my imagination as we speak. There are a few in various parts of the country. I am now figuring out that these knights all share one common characteristic – they all kick ass. The extreme western version, of course, is Robert Harrell, the Chevalier de l’Ouest. There is Jason Fritze out there as well. (I went up to Jason in Kansas City in 2005 and told him that he looked just a like a French knight (his long hair was slicked back) and he misunderstood and thought that I had said that he looked like a French nun. No, he looked like a knight. The fact is that Jason and Robert and those three up there and all the rest of us are no longer weak, but forceful. Even we who think we are weak are not weak. We are strong because we get up and go to an emotionally excrutiating kind of work every day. Some day we will look back and realized what we’ve done, together, as per what Knight jen said here today:
…I need to build the culture of “the whole groups sinks or swims.” This is the real process!….
which, by the way, echoes Bryce’s favorite quote:
“Whatever comes out of these gates, we’ve got a better chance of survival if we work together … If we stay together, we survive.”
—Maximus (Russel Crowe) in the movie Gladiator (2000)