Know Your Proficiency Level!
Novice - Can use memorized words/phrases and make lists of words
Intermediate - Can create new sentences; can ask and answer many basic questions
Advanced - Can talk about past, present, and future; can deal with complicated situations
Superior - Can use the language in almost any setting and communicate with ease
You might try completing a self-assessment grid or a checklist to evaluate your own skills with the languages you know.
Teachers who want to learn more Spanish as a group can also borrow and use the distance learning course "Spanish for Educators", which is appropriate for Novice and Intermediate learners. It was designed as a distance learning course and includes 40 DVD lessons (with accompanying worksheets) on vocabulary and structures that would be useful in a school environment. For more info on our study groups or on borrowing this DVD course please contact Mr. Aldrich.
Rosetta Stone for staff members
We are pleased to continue and extend our partnership with Rosetta Stone, an internationally famous language learning software company that started right here in Harrisonburg.
Teachers can request accounts for their own professional development. You can even earn recertification points for using Rosetta Stone to learn a work-related language! Simply fill out the "Educational Project" form and mail it to Jeremy Aldrich at Central Office for approval before you begin logging hours.
Languages available include: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
Interpretive Reading/Listening SkillsDuoLingo (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced) - Vocabulary, sentence, and translation practice
Tar Heel Reader (Novice) - Short easy-read books; search by book language
Memrise (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced) - Vocabulary practice on a number of levels and themes; you can create your own lists as well!
BrainPop Español (Intermediate, Advanced) - Log in with your school's BrainPop login information
Espanglish chat (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced) - Text chatting online
Verbling (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced) - Video chat with a native speaker of the language you're learning and teach them some of your language as well
Presentational Speaking/Writing Skills
Using direct commands (Novice, Intermediate)
Spanish songs for learning (Novice, Intermediate) - Lots of children's songs lyrics and sound clips
StudySpanish verb drills (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)
Spanish for Educators by William C. Harvey
Chapters include: Information Parents Need to Enroll Their Children in School, The School Building, The Primary Grades, The Curriculum, Success in School: Enlisting Parental Support, Medical Problems and Emergencies, In the Counselor’s Office, Verb Conjugation Charts, Answer Key for Practice Questions, Glossary
McGraw-Hill's Spanish for Educators by Jose Diaz and Maria Nadel
Before You Begin, At School, The Younger Students, The Older Students, Discipline, The Counselors, The Administrators, Support Staff, Verbs, Dictionary