Stacey Amaya Diaz

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!  *  Welcome to Spanish class!

 ~ Sra. Amaya Diaz ~
Contact me anytime via email: samayadiaz@bedford.k12.va.us
                                                 
  Phone #  School Phone: (540) 586-2541 EX: 204

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If you are in either of my level 1 or level 2 classes this year,
know that you are going to work hard and have a great time learning Spanish!
Check out the following site to keep up on your grammar and vocab; or to just
get a sneak peak of what you're going to be learning in Spanish. 

Use the following link to access a free website to help work on vocab,
grammar, and more!


                   http://www.studyspanish.com/tutorial.htm

My Schedule for this year :

                   A    Days                                                    B    Days
             
    1st Period     --   Planning                          1st Period     --   Spanish II
    2nd Period    --  Spanish I                          2nd Period    --   Spanish II
    3rd Period     --  Lunch / Planning            3rd Period     --  Lunch / Planning      
    4th Period     --  Spanish 1                         4th Period     --  Spanish II


After school small group study sessions: Tuesdays  after school until 4:30pm

******Beginning on Tuesday, September 6th.********

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Tips for studying a foreign language

1. STUDY EVERY DAY.

A foreign language course is different from any other course you take. Language learning is cumulative: you cannot put it off until the weekend. Study 1 or 2 hours
for every class hour if you want an A or B.

 

2. DISTRIBUTE YOUR STUDY TIME

in 15- to 30-minute periods throughout the day. Focus on a different task each time: vocabulary now, grammar next, etc. Get an overview during the first half hour:
spend 10 minutes reviewing dialog, 10 minutes learning new vocabulary, 10
minutes learning new grammar ... so you'll at least have looked at it all.
Approximately 80% of your study time should be spent in recitation or practice.

 

3. ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN CLASS WITHOUT FAIL

even if you are not well prepared. Class time is your primary opportunity for
practice. Learn the grammar and vocabulary outside of class in order to make the
most of class time. Spend a few minutes "warming up" before each class by
speaking or reading the language.

 

4. MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE IN THE CLASS.

Get to know your classmates so you will feel you are among friends. Visit your instructor during office hours to get acquainted: explain your goals and
apprehensions about the course.

 

5. LEARN ENGLISH GRAMMAR IF YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW IT.

Grammar is the skeleton of a language, its basic structure: you must learn it.
Review a simplified English grammar text. Compare new grammatical structures in your foreign language to their English equivalents.

 

6. PRACTICE FOR TESTS

by doing what you will have to do on the test. If the test will require you to write,
then study by writing � including spelling and accents. If you will be asked to listen,
then practice listening. Ask for practice questions; make up your own test questions. Invent variations on patterns and forms. Over-learn: study beyond the point of recognition to mastery.

 

7. DEVELOP A GOOD ATTITUDE.

Have a clear personal reason for taking the class. Set personal goals for what you want to learn. Leave perfectionism at the door; give yourself permission to make mistakes and learn from them.

 

8. GET HELP IF YOU NEED IT.

Talk with your teacher. Form study groups among class members. Use
tutoring services. Don't wait!


University of Texas Learning Center at Austin
Jo Ann Cope Powell, Ph. D