Language Acquisition

Johanys Alvarez

World Languages - Spanish

E: johanys.alvarez@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“The ability to communicate in a variety of modes in more than one language is essential to the concept of an international education that promotes multilingualism and intercultural understanding, both of which are central to IB’s mission. …Language acquisition in the MYP aims to develop a respect for, and understanding of, other languages and cultures, and is equally designed to equip the student with a skills base to facilitate further language learning.”

from the MYP Language Acquisition Guide, copyright 2014 (pages 4-5)

 

Language Acquisition: Spanish 6

Unit One:  Dice                                                                                                   Semester 1

Learning to communicate in another language allows us to send messages and interpret meanings.  Through inquiry, students will learn to introduce themselves and others.

Unit Two:  El encierro de toros (The Running of the Bulls)        Semester 1

Noticing the structure of storytelling and being open-minded to different cultural rituals is important for an audience. Students will describe the cultural tradition of the running of the bulls using the target structures camina, corre, ve.

Unit Three: Cierra la puerta                                                                       Semester 2

An inquiry into how language is made up of different linguistic patterns and changing form can communicate a different meaning. Students will use storytelling to describe when and where they are going.

Unit Four: La Universidad                                                                         Semester 2

An exploration of how looking to the future can help us identify our priorities and give us a greater sense of purpose and meaning to life.  Students will be able to describe what they want to be in the future and what classes they take.

 

Language Acquisition: Spanish 7th and 8th grade

Note:  As teachers transition to new curriculum, for this year only 7th and 8th grade will experience the same units.

Unit One: La Corrida de toros                                                               Semester 1

An inquiry into how traditions of the world are influenced by social and historical context, audience, as well as cultural beliefs and values. Students will be able to describe the cultural tradition of bullfighting in Spain using the target structures: su hermano va a, tiene una novia, esta enojodo.

Unit Two: Sientate                                                                                         Semester 1

An inquiry into how language is made up of different linguistic patterns and changing form can communicate a different meaning. Students will use storytelling and work to change the pattern and forms to communicate a different point of view giving a new meaning to the story using  the target structures: se sienta, se levanta, le grita.

Unit Three: Los Castells de Tarragona                                                Semester 2

Students will explore how communities maintain their personal beliefs and values by passing on messages of their cultural heritage from generation to generation. Students will explore the cultural tradition of Los Castelles de Tarragona using the target structures: tienes que, le ayuda, no puede (hacer) and simpatico.

Jing Gao

World Languages-Chinese

E: jing.gao@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“The ability to communicate in a variety of modes in more than one language is essential to the concept of an international education that promotes multilingualism and intercultural understanding, both of which are central to IB’s mission. …Language acquisition in the MYP aims to develop a respect for, and understanding of, other languages and cultures, and is equally designed to equip the student with a skills base to facilitate further language learning.”

from the MYP Language Acquisition Guide, copyright 2014 (pages 4-5)

Language Acquisition: Chinese 6

Unit One:  It’s nice to meet you!                                                                Semester 1

In this unit, students are going to be engaged in inquiry on self introduction. They will exchange information about themselves. They will understand how people greet others and introduce themselves differently across various cultures. Students will also explore the basic knowledge of China, Chinese history, culture, and language in this unit.

Unit Two: Let me introduce my family!                                                Semester 2

In this unit, students are going to inquire on family members. They will acquire Chinese language skills to understand and exchange information about their family members. Students will also understand that our personal identities and relationships are developed and influenced through connections and patterns within the context of family from different cultural backgrounds.

 

Language Acquisition: Chinese 7

Unit One: Let’s go out to eat!                                                                       Semester 1

In this unit, students are going to be engaged in inquiry on foods through storytelling. They will acquire Chinese language skills to interpret, understand, and exchange information about foods and drinks. They will also understand similarities and differences between Chinese and American foods and food cultures.

Unit Two: Let me introduce my family!                                                    Semester 2

In this unit, students are going to inquire on family members. They will acquire Chinese language skills to understand and exchange information about their family members. Students will also understand that our personal identities and relationships are developed and influenced through connections and patterns within the context of family from different cultural backgrounds.

 

Language Acquisition: Chinese 8

Unit One: What do you like to do?                                                              Semester 1

In this unit, students are going to be engaged in inquires on their own and others’ likes, dislikes, hobbies, sports, and daily routines. They will interpret, understand, and exchange messages to communicate about their identities and relationships. Students will also understand that people have various preferences on their hobbies across different cultures; hobbies can connect people from different cultural backgrounds and help them to communicate and build up relationships with others.

Unit Two: My School Life                                                                                 Semester 2

In this unit, students are going to inquire on school life and school system. They will understand and exchange information about their class schedules and school life. They will also understand students’ identities and relationships have been shaped and influenced differently within the context of school communities across cultures.

 

Andrea Stogner

World Languages-Spanish

E: andrea.stogner@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“The ability to communicate in a variety of modes in more than one language is essential to the concept of an international education that promotes multilingualism and intercultural understanding, both of which are central to IB’s mission. …Language acquisition in the MYP aims to develop a respect for, and understanding of, other languages and cultures, and is equally designed to equip the student with a skills base to facilitate further language learning.”

from the MYP Language Acquisition Guide, copyright 2014 (pages 4-5)

 

Language Acquisition: Spanish 6

 

Unit One:  Dice                                                                                                   Semester 1

Learning to communicate in another language allows us to send messages and interpret meanings.  Through inquiry, students will learn to introduce themselves and others.

Unit Two:  El encierro de toros (The Running of the Bulls)        Semester 1

Noticing the structure of storytelling and being open-minded to different cultural rituals is important for an audience. Students will describe the cultural tradition of the running of the bulls using the target structures camina, corre, ve.

 

Unit Three: Cierra la puerta                                                                       Semester 2

An inquiry into how language is made up of different linguistic patterns and changing form can communicate a different meaning. Students will use storytelling to describe when and where they are going.

Unit Four: La Universidad                                                                         Semester 2

An exploration of how looking to the future can help us identify our priorities and give us a greater sense of purpose and meaning to life.  Students will be able to describe what they want to be in the future and what classes they take.

 

Language Acquisition: Spanish 7th and 8th grade

Note:  As teachers transition to new curriculum, for this year only 7th and 8th grade will experience the same units.

 

Unit One: La Corrida de toros                                                               Semester 1

An inquiry into how traditions of the world are influenced by social and historical context, audience, as well as cultural beliefs and values. Students will be able to describe the cultural tradition of bullfighting in Spain using the target structures: su hermano va a, tiene una novia, esta enojodo.

 

Unit Two: Sientate                                                                                         Semester 1

An inquiry into how language is made up of different linguistic patterns and changing form can communicate a different meaning. Students will use storytelling and work to change the pattern and forms to communicate a different point of view giving a new meaning to the story using  the target structures: se sienta, se levanta, le grita.

Unit Three: Los Castells de Tarragona                                                Semester 2

Students will explore how communities maintain their personal beliefs and values by passing on messages of their cultural heritage from generation to generation. Students will explore the cultural tradition of Los Castelles de Tarragona using the target structures: tienes que, le ayuda, no puede (hacer) and simpatico.

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

 

Name: Andrea Liechty

Subject Area: Spanish

Grade: 6th and 8th

College(s) attended: University of Northern Iowa

Years teaching: 4

Years at Meredith: 1

What I enjoy about teaching here: I love the international mindedness that our school promotes.  It is great being a language teacher in an environment that supports language development and offers two different world languages!

Greatest hope for my students:  I hope to build lasting and meaningful relationships with my students.  I hope that they become kind, caring, successful young adults.  I love seeing the transition and growth these students go through throughout the years.  I hope my students will be open-minded in their language journey and will love learning about languages and cultures as much as I do!

Learner profile trait that motivates me:  Being balanced and knowledgeable.  I strive to learn something new everyday.  Knowledge is power!

Additional information:  My hobbies include reading, spending time with family, traveling, finishing my Master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and cheering on the Huskies!