Mrs. Elisa de Siles

7th Grade Homeroom & Spanish

Mrs. Elisa de Siles

7th Grade Teacher / Spanish

e.desiles@queenofapostlesschool.org

This will be my eighth year teaching at Queen of Apostles.  There are many reasons why I enjoy working at the school and have stayed with QofA for so many years. The main reason is that I truly enjoy watching our students grow academically.

I am passionate about my native language, and for me it is a privilege to be able to share it with my students.  My goal as an educator is to guide every child toward academic success and to help them acquire a second language that they can carry with them throughout their lives, addressing the development of the whole person through spiritual and academic formation based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Kindergarten, First and Second grades will be provided an exposure to the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through the book Teach Them Spanish K, 1, and 2. These books guide through practical themed units for beginners. Age-appropriate lessons are organized by topics familiar for young learners. Themes include greetings, colors, numbers, 0 to 20, foods, clothing, animals, classroom objects, family, community, and the Spanish alphabet. There are many games, puzzles, songs, chants and writing activities. Students will experience a playful and practical program for basic Spanish.

Third, Fourth and Fifth grades will use a text book Spanish is Fun that offers an introductory program making language acquisition a natural and personalized experience. It encourages students to use Spanish for communication and self-expression. Each lesson contains a short, entertaining narrative with new structural elements and vocabulary.  The woorkbook, Cuaderno de Ejercicios, provides a more varied range of exercises, among puzzles and writing activities, using numerous illustrations to facilitate comprehension.

Sixth grade this year made a great progress in their learning level. Sixth graders will start learning with the series ¡Avancemos 1! A book that empowers students by helping them realize the advantages of mastering another language, equipping them with the ability to communicate with confidence other cultures and countries. ¡Avancemos 1! has an important online tool: Classzone.com (@home tutor) that provides three levels on practice that includes animated grammar, video clips, audio recording capability, audio flashcards, review games, and self-check exercises to reinforce reading, speaking and listening.

!Avancemos 1! has also a Cuaderno Practica por Niveles 1, that supplements the practice materials. The vocabulary and structural elements are closely coordinated with parallel chapter in the textbook to reinforce students what they have learned in the classroom. The Cuaderno, provides a more varied range of exercises and uses numerous illustrations to facilitate comprehension. An audio program is also available, completely integrated with the texts.

Seventh grade will continue learning Spanish with !Avancemos 1! . A book that empowers students by helping them realize the advantages of mastering another language, equipping them with the ability to communicate with confidence other cultures and countries. ¡Avancemos 1! has an important online tool: Classzone.com (@home tutor) that provides three levels on practice that includes animated grammar, video clips, audio recording capability, audio flashcards, review games, and self-check exercises to reinforce reading, speaking and listening.

!Avancemos 1! has also the Cuaderno Practica por Niveles 1, that supplements the practice materials. The vocabulary and structural elements are closely coordinated with parallel chapter in the textbook to reinforce students what they have learned in the classroom. The Cuaderno, provides a more varied range of exercises and uses numerous illustrations to facilitate comprehension. An audio program is also available, completely integrated with the texts.

Eight Grade will start with  !Avancemos 2! An intensive textbook that consists of 8 units of 2 lessons each, as well as a preliminary lesson. !Avancemos 2! integrates culture as cornerstone for meaningful communication, providing clear goals with careful sequencing and leveled activities that make practice purposeful. Language retention is further supported with the cumulative review following each unit, and the frequent recycling of previously learned material, both within and between levels of the program. Students will  also use the Cuaderno Practica por Niveles 2, that supplements the practice materials. The vocabulary and structural elements are closely coordinated with parallel chapter in the textbook. o reinforce students what they have learned in the classroom.

!Avancemos 2! has also the Cuaderno Practica por Niveles 1, that supplements the practice materials. The vocabulary and structural elements are closely coordinated with parallel chapter in the textbook to reinforce students what they have learned in the classroom. The Cuaderno, provides a more varied range of exercises and uses numerous illustrations to facilitate comprehension. An audio program is also available, completely integrated with the texts.

Eight graders will be conveniently prepared for the World Language Test required for high school. In regards to this test, from 15 eighth graders last year, 6 went to the advanced level, Spanish II; and 2 for Spanish III (Honors Spanish). Thumbs up for them and for QofA!

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