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For Oregon State Standards and Curriculum information, please see "My Resources" at left then click >>Oregon Department of Education Second Language Standards of Learning, or Second Language and Curriculum Goals. To view current PowerPoints, please go to "My Resources" at left then click >>My Powerpoints. To see slide shows of cool pix of México and España, see "My Slide Shows" at top right.

OWL, and classroom objectives:

This year our focus is on improving student fluency and proficiency: the ability to comprehend more and produce more. Our goal is that students be able to communicate minimally in the target language early on, leading to practical language use and functional ability at the highest level possible. Students are encouraged to think critically, question their cultural assumptions about Hispanics and other cultures in general, and to attempt to find ways to use Spanish outside the classroom and in the community.


·         OWL Organic World Language is a total immersion environment with no translations. Language structure and fluency are acquired through Comprehensible Input between teacher and students by using actions, repetition and circumlocution, (rewording) and drawing. Words, phrases, and gestures are combined and recombined to teach vocabulary and structure in the context of a communication, story, poem, film, song, etc. Students negotiate meaning using these skills.

·         It is normal for students to feel frustrated and lost at the beginning.  They need to trust the process and be open to making mistakes as they take this exciting journey towards acquiring a second language—the rewards are worth it!  During the second or third week of school (English week), we will interrupt our immersion experience to discuss strategies, challenges and benefits of being in an immersion program.

·      Various authentic materials will be used including internet, print, audio and video, film and PowerPoint.   

For information on Language Acquisition Research: Steven Krashen on Language Acquisition:

Through cultural and historical activities, we will explore the Hispanic world and its many countries and cultures. We will use authentic materials such as literature, short stories and poetry, film and pictorial images and PowerPoint to discover and discuss with Spanish as our main communicative goal.

Options for outside the classroom, the Practice Activities section:


Mi Vida Loca:

Mi Vida Loca takes you on an interactive intrigue mystery adventure to Madrid and beyond in 22 episodes, ca 10 min each, covering basic learning points for Spanish absolute beginners.

A learning section complements each episode. Go through the vocabulary and grammar in more detail and at your own pace, then complete activities for practice.

Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish

A video instructional series in Spanish for college and high school classrooms consisting of 52 half-hour video programs divided into two parts (Part I programs 1-26, Part II programs 27-52), Destinos teaches speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in Spanish. This telenovela, or Spanish soap opera, immerses students in everyday situations with native speakers and introduces the cultures, accents, and dialects of Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Understanding of Spanish and appreciation of many Hispanic cultures increases as students become absorbed in the mysterious and entertaining story. Closed captioning in Spanish can be used as a teaching and literacy resource. Worksheets and activities focus on specific grammar topics and communication in the target language is our constant goal.

Using TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling), stronger emphasis is placed on communication skills (Speaking and Listening) using a more natural approach to language acquisition.

Reading and Writing are also important to state Standards and Curriculum Goals and are a key part of OWL, the TPRS program and Destinos.

For practice, fun and information about Spanish and Spanish cultures, see "My Links" at left.

I hope you find my site helpful and informative.

For more information on OWL and TPRS, please see "My Resources" at left.

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La puerta de Alcala

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Las Cibeles, Madrid

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Calendario Azteca

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Kukulcan - Chichen Itza

En Sevilla con mis alumnos, 2007

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Bajo el sol en Catalonia

Slide Shows
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