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​   We have had a great first week in Spanish 1.  Your students know how to introduce themselves and others, how to describe themselves (in the beginning stages), and the words they might use in polite conversation.  In this class, we encourage students to speak and respond in Spanish without always having an English translation first.  It's certainly a challenge, but everyone is taking it on with gusto.     Here are some things to expect for week two.  We will have a small quiz towards the end of the week on what we've worked on so far.  This is a formative assessment, which means it will inFORM my teaching - basically, I want to see what we need to review, whether we are moving at a good pace for everyone.  !No se preocupen!  (Your students know what that means.)  Next week we will introduce a few new grammatical points, including more on formal and informal speech, and the difference between ?Como eres? and ?Como estas?.  We'll also study more classroom vocabulary to help us move further beyond using English in class.  Depending on how fast we move, we may also begin studying Spanish-speaking countries.   Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have a question.  You may also be interested in checking out my class page, where documents and some of our PowerPoints will be posted.  To find the page, go to nokesville.pwcs.edu, hover over MIDDLE SCHOOL, FOREIGN LANGUAGES, and click on my name.  Most importantly, you will be able to find a calendar with homeworks listed.     Prince William County Schools is also instituting a new messaging system (SLMS) for parents and students to easily view and even submit work.  This site is designed to replace third party class sites like Edmodo, Class Dojo and Bloomz.  I'm still getting the hang of it, honestly, but if you'd like to check it out, the usage instructions are attached to this message.   !Gracias para una semana fantastica!  !Hasta el martes!   Sra. Borroff
Posted by borrofml  On Sep 02, 2017 at 9:08 AM 29 Comments
  
Saludos, Mis Estudiantes y sus Familias, We are having a great first week in Spanish 1.  The approach we take in this class is quasi-immersive; we ask students to try to speak from day one with limited translation from the teacher.  It's certainly a challenge for students, but everyone has taken on this challenge with gusto.  This week, we've worked on introducing and describing ourselves and our classmates, and examining cultural differences, including body language and courtesy in Spanish speaking countries.  Over the course of the first half of the marking period, we'll learn more classroom expressions, how to show courtesy  in Spanish grammar, and Spanish countries and capitals.  Next week, we'll institute a system of participation accountability to encourage students to participate when they are ready, without feeling forced. I'll also send home a study log to help students keep track of daily review, along with a variety of suggested review techniques. In the meantime, feel free to explore our class page.  You can find the class page by starting at the Nokesville School's website (nokesville.pwcs.edu). Hover over MIDDLE SCHOOL and FOREIGN LANGUAGE, and click on Marianne Borroff.  There I'll post files and documents, our class calendar, and notes like this one.  I'll be posting the PowerPoints that we use in class for your information.  However, the Powerpoints are not a complete record of what goes on in-class - they just provide visual back-up for other things we're working on.   Please don't hesitate to write if you have any questions, Sinceramente, Sra. Borroff
Posted by borrofml  On Aug 30, 2017 at 10:24 PM 26 Comments
  
Welcome to Spanish 1 class.  I am so excited to be working with you and your children to explore Spanish language and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.  I'll be updating my web-page and calendar over the next few days, so thank you for your patience in any delay with posting.  
Posted by borrofml  On Aug 29, 2017 at 11:04 PM 12 Comments