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How important is grammar in language instruction? 1 Tracy Miller I find that grammar is extremely important. I think at first we are able to teach phrases without delving into why they are written that way. However, I know for myself that I was always extremely intrigued as to why the sentence was formatted that way. I think I will spend a lot of time teaching grammar, but I hope that I can do it in a way that engages students.
by M. Davidson
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Placement Testing 2 Tracy Miller At our learning centers, students must take placement tests in order to access any level higher than the beginner 1. Such tests can be waived by a full time professor after individual examinations. Furthermore, students who had more than two years of the language in high school can be excused from taking the tests. The system had been working fairly well, however, it doesn't prevent advanced students to enroll at lower levels. For Spanish, it hasn't been a serious problem so far, but it has been for other languages especially the ones with a high number of heritage students such as Arabic. We are also relying on advisors' help to address this problem, but we are seeking suggestions on how to solve it. Susanna Williams Macomb Community College, Warren, MI
by S. Williams
Friday, June 19, 2015
Hybrid Classes 3 Tracy Miller It's about six years that I offer hybrid Spanish courses. So far they are successful, in fact their assessment results reflect the on ground courses ones. However, I request students to be on ground 2 hours per week with an optional third one (that they often take advantage of). I initially was offering them for 12 weeks instead of 16, but I changed it to 16 for students' request. At the beginning, I was using the Instituto Cervantes course (AVE) with great success. However, I had to change it because it was breaking the continuity of the textbook we offer our students for Spanish beginner 1 and 2 and intermediate 1. If it weren't for that, I would be probably still using it.
by S. Williams
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Spanish Teachers Profiles in the US 0 E. Gironzetti Dear Colleague, We are conducting a study to know more about the professional profile of Spanish teachers in the US who are or have been teaching Spanish to heritage learners. To this end, we developed an online questionnaire that will allow us to know more about the needs and experience of current and past teachers of Spanish in the US. If you are or have been teaching Spanish in the US at any education level and in any educational context, we invite you to complete the online questionnaire in your language of choice (Spanish or English). The questionnaire in English is available here:   The questionnaire in Spanish is available here: The whole questionnaire should take about 10 minutes of your time to complete. Please, feel free to forward this message to any other colleague that might be interested in participating. Thank you in advance for your participation.  Elisa & Flavia  
by E. Gironzetti
Friday, December 15, 2017
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