Spanish For Homework
Unless your homework involves interviewing someone or conversing with a native speaker, you won’t be doing communicative exercises, but you can do plenty of work that will fully prepare you to come to class ready and confident enough to chat away. On the other hand, no because you might feel like you are not being challenged.It depends on the student, but generally a teacher should give you homework that is challenging, but not so difficult that you feel discouraged.Though more difficult, it is always best if you could schedule your homework and “Spanish time” for the same time every day.Some of my clients say they do not have time for homework. Perhaps more reading exercises are done in class, or I might ask the student to start reading the newspaper in Spanish or watching Latin American soaps.In the first case, you are creating a habit and building that learning muscle.In the second, you are simply cramming and will probably forget much of what you review.The obvious choice is communicative exercises, but most students need to follow the first two types of exercises in order to get to communicative.
Either way, you must be confident and feel that you will meet your goals in the target language with or without homework.
In these example, the student is still doing homework, but I label it as “optional.” In other cases, the student does absolutely no work related to Spanish outside our session.
I have to work around this too and maximize the time we spend together with exercises, task-based learning, and raising the student-to-teacher speaking ratio.
Either way, there are different approaches you could take. Irma is an educator, linguist, creativity expert, cultural competence strategist, and the founder of Diáfano, a company responsible for designing and implementing foreign language classes and programs at corporations.
From universities and top US institutes to Fortune 500 companies, Irma has been an integral part of language learning and cultural competence training. ) and over 10 years of working in education, she developed and honed her methodology in 2013 when she was living in Japan.
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