by Andrew Kraus
This past Friday it was my turn to develop a lesson plan for the students. The theme of this week is “Money and the Workplace.” Fortunately, I’m in a Spanish 202 right now, so I’m well-versed in this area. In fact, I was able to copy a lot of the vocabulary right out of the class textbook and make a useful practice sheet for the students. We also went through dialogues about going to the bank, renting an apartment, and shopping for goods. I think the teachers learned a lot of useful Spanish vocabulary at the same time!
The other part of the lesson was grammar. We’re in the last week of learning the present tense, and we’re rounding it off by practicing the present progressive (I am going, they are eating, etc), which is very similar grammatically in Spanish and English, so for the most part the students picked it up pretty easily.
Next week we’ll be learning the past tense, which will be very challenging for many students, but also extremely rewarding once that light of understanding clicks on.