Supporting Students in the Foreign Language classroom

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<ol><li> 1. Empowering students in the Foreign Language classroom MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY By Marcela Velikovsky I believe all students have the ability to learn I believe we all learn differently and at our own pace Parents and teachers are partners in the learning process </li><li> 2. Challenges of my students Executive function (organizational) Sustained attention Lack of attention to details (careless errors) Anxiety timed tasks Variable processing speed Verbal memory Auditory memory Word retrieval Phonological memory Decoding Reading comprehension Expressive language Spelling Vocabulary Weak visual spatial memory Weak visual motor organization </li><li> 3. Classroom set up and organization SETTING UP A ROUTINE GIVES A SENSE OF SECURITY Class expectations on the board. Learning goals written on the board. Visual agenda for the day - what comes next? Give Homework (HW) + Worksheets (WS) Check HW due. Homework written on the board is color coded by block. Picture cue cards with directions in Spanish (target language): do not talk, raise your hand, pay attention, read, listen, write, think. IT HELPS STUDENTS WITH: Attention problems Behavioral problems Anxiety Organizational problems LEVANTA LA MANO </li><li> 4. Variety of resources on Haiku RESOURCES Teachers notes by date. Copy of Textbook/Workbook pages and worksheets assigned. Detailed study guide, a practice test, and answer key before assessment. Materials for a specific test grouped together. IT HELPS STUDENTS WITH: organizational problems Weak visual spatial memory Weak visual motor organization </li><li> 5. Finding your strength RESOURCES FOR VISUAL LEARNERS Color coded vocabulary: red for feminine nouns / blue for masculine ones. Color coded parts of Speech Subject + Verb + Adjective Color coded verb forms: Yo hablo (I speak) Printable flashcards. Picture vocabulary. </li><li> 6. Finding your strength RESOURCES FOR AUDITORY LEARNERS Recordings of vocabulary with my voice. Online textbook (text/audio). Grammar videos. Songs and mini videos with native speakers. Online games. Interactive websites. </li><li> 7. Accommodations provided on Written Assessments READING COMPREHENSION WRITTEN ASSESSMENTS Inclusion of a word bank. Highlight key words in written directions and passages. Break down multi-step directions. Step 1_____ Step 2_____ Step 3_____. Chunk extensive paragraphs into smaller units. TO HELP STUDENTS WITH: Phonological memory Decoding Reading Variable processing speed Word retrieval Spelling Vocabulary </li><li> 8. Accommodations provided on Aural - Oral assessments LISTENING COMPREHENSION SPEAKING ASSESSMENTS Human reader instead of recording. Slow the pace. Repeat phrases as needed. Allow student to write information as he hears it. Allow thinking time. TO HELP STUDENTS WITH: Variable processing speed Verbal memory Auditory memory Word retrieval Anxiety timed tasks </li><li> 9. I empower my students by: Getting parents on board This is what I do in class, you can help at home by (share strategies to keep consistency) Setting realistic expectations Its hard work, not magic. It takes time, it doesnt happen overnight! Supporting their needs I am here for you. I can help you. Boosting their confidence and self-esteem You can do it, try again! Youll get there, dont give up! Celebrating their progress I knew you could! Now, you know you can! Im very proud of you, you should be proud, too! </li></ol>