Students Practice Reading in Spanish
Students began reading their first books in Spanish in world language teacher Kristen Diersing’s class. In Unit III, students began reading “Itipuru,” which is completely in Spanish. Diersing challenged the students to read as a class, with partners, and in small groups. In the small groups, students took turns reading in Spanish and translating into English. “This helps them to start feeling comfortable with the pronunciation of the Spanish words while also still comprehending what is happening in the chapter,” Diersing said. In Unit II, students began “El Raton Pablito,” a beginner book for Spanish learners that includes simple sentence structures and words they are familiar with. “Usually, we read this book together as a class, but I challenged them to read with a partner. They did awesome,” Diersing said.