Welcome to Mrs. Carroll's Class! - ¡Bienvenidos a la clase de Profe Carroll!
Welcome to Mrs. Carroll's Classroom Website!
2017-18 BHS School Year
Dear Students, Parents, Staff, and Community:
¡Hola! ¡Bienvenidos! I am Mrs. "Profe" Carroll, and I'd like to welcome you all to Spanish Class! It pleases me greatly that you (or your son/daughter) have chosen to study the beautiful language of Spanish, as it has become the most commonly spoken language in our country after English, and the United States has the second highest Spanish-speaking population in the world! Not only will you find your Spanish useful during your travels, but eventually there will be use for it in your daily lives and even your future careers. Did you know that Spanish is the official language in 20 countries and Puerto Rico? Approximately 425 million people worldwide use Spanish as their primary means of communication! Did you know that being able to speak Spanish opens the doors to a variety of career opportunities? Spanish can be used in the fields of medicine, business, technology, education, law, criminal justice, advertising, engineering, and journalism (just to name a few!). I invite you to embrace the class with an open mind to learn something new, challenging, and exciting that you will be able to use in the future - guaranteed!
In class, we are always going to study the language by actively involving ourselves in the five areas of second language learning: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and culture. Learning a second language takes lots of practice! Be prepared to practice by having conversations with me and others in the class, writing short answer prompts, completing reflections, reading about Spanish culture, and listening to myself and others speak in the target language. Something to keep in mind is that because there are so many different countries that speak the language, there are many different dialects and accents. I may sound different than a speaker on the practice tape, for example, because of where I studied Spanish in comparison to where he or she is from.
Students: To be successful in class, here are a few helpful tips:
Participate in Spanish. Contributions to class discussions in Spanish are a daily requirement. I expect you to speak Spanish as often as opportunities arise. You will speak with me, others in class, and outside of class. Even if you do not know the answer to a question, or are unsure, it always a good idea to try anyway! Points will never be deducted for making educational guesses. The more effort you put in, the faster you will develop conversational fluency.
Give homework your best effort, and finish it entirely. Homework is a form of practice, and practice is how we become better. We will correct the answers to the homework together in class every day, thus it is always due the day after it is assigned. Be sure to correct any errors so you may use the homework as a study tool for upcoming quizzes, tests, and assessments. Need help with your homework? No problem. Join us for After School Tutoring (AST) on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Media Center from 2:35-3:35pm. It's free, and skilled Spanish tutors are there to help, including me.
Turn in assignments on time and stay organized. Late work will not be accepted, so it is in your best interest to keep due dates organized (use a planner or the nifty reminder app on your Smart phone!). All homework assignments are posted on this website every day. Use the navigation bar to your left to find your class. Click the link to the homework to proactively obtain what you missed when you are absent or if there is a snow day! (By the way, don't forget that you only get one extra day to turn in absent work for every day you accumulate an excused absence.)
Study the new vocabulary, and practice outside of class. Being in class one hour per day, five days a week is not enough to develop conversational fluency! Find a few compañeros or family members who speak the language, and strike up a conversation when the opportunity arises! No friends or family to practice with? No problem. Join the BHS Spanish Club. We meet once per month in D-11 (Profe Sokoloff's room). Not only will you get a chance to speak Spanish, but you will also meet others who share your same interest in Spanish! No time? No problem. Use the Quizlet app located under "Spanish Resources" on the navigation bar to your left. This app allows you to make flashcards, complete practice tests, and play educational games - all of which allow you to study new vocabulary from the comfort of your own home. Quizlet is a way to review vocabulary AND pronunciation - yes, there is a Spanish speaker who will go over pronunciation with you! To access my professional Quizlet, search user name "rothenb4." Or, make your own!
Make positive contributions in class! Always try your best, and never give up. Do not get discouraged, even when the material increases in difficulty. Instead, be proactive and ask for help early on. If Spanish is your best subject, I encourage you to be a leader and help others in a positive manner. If Spanish isn't your cup of tea, that's perfectly okay. But, get help. Get help from me, get help from others at After School Tutoring, or network yourself at Spanish Club. Don't wait! Learning a language takes time, effort, and most of all, practice. Hard work, organization, and goal-setting go a long way - not only in this class, but in life. :-)
Set realistic goals for yourself. It is important to enter class understanding that you will not become fluent over night (this is especially important to for beginner students). In fact, it takes a few years of every day practice in the four areas of comprehension (reading, writing, listening, speaking) to achieve fluency. So, come to class with an achievable goal everyday, like using the new vocabulary and grammar outside of class in a real-life scenario with a friend from class.
I look forward to a fun, educational, and memorable school year with all of my students! I am always here to assist you. Remember to always ask for help when you need it, and do not wait till the last minute!
¡Muchas gracias y buena suerte!
Señora "Profe" Carroll