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Spanish Students Become the Teachers

CHS senior Oscar Reyes shares a book with new little friends from our neighboring elementary.

Cuthbertson High School Spanish students connected via Skype with Marvin Elementary students during the week of February 6, 2012, for a book reading. Ms. Stacie Thompson’s Spanish II class created their own bilingual books and enjoyed sitting in the author’s seat to share them with Ms. Freger’s Peer Pal Pre-K class. Sophomore Kirsten Pascale said, “I thought it was a really cool experience! I have never done that before!”

The purpose of the activity was to give students an audience for their work and to integrate Spanish into other content areas and grade levels. Gabriella Delvalle and Emily Nash also taught Peer Pal students how to count to ten in Spanish as well as how to ask and answer, “What is your name?” Ms. Thompson said, “Ms. Freger said her students asked each other all day long, ‘¿Cómo te llamas?’” Students are eager to stay connected with Ms. Freger’s class and will be donating the books they made to their Peer Pal classroom library. The young students also shared a PowerPoint with Mrs. Thompson’s class that gave information about how they celebrate various holidays.

Ms. Thompson said, “My students just lit up when they saw the little ones and they got to be the teacher. It was a nice pairing! Our students kept saying how cute they were!” Sophomore Emily Nash said, “I enjoyed teaching them and just seeing their reactions and their faces when they got to try it out!”

Sophomore Ashley Terkeurst said, “It was cute because when we taught the kids how to introduce themselves they kept saying ‘¡Hola!’ and the teacher also said in their math class when they answered they answered in Spanish!” Senior Basil Nasereldeen said, “I enjoyed seeing the smiles on their faces and starting to learn a new language at that age helps out – they learn it faster at that age! I’d like to do it again to see how they are progressing in learning Spanish!”

Written by: Paula White and Stacie Thompson
Posted: Feb 14, 2012 by Paula White

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