I guess maybe I am going about this differently, but I think of my main purpose (as a teacher here) is to teach my kids to read. Teaching them English isn’t my main goal, although it is super important. In purposing to teach reading, they are, in fact, learning English from the basics (which they are somehow missing…)
Is this wrong?
I guess I’ve been thinking of the building blocks for reading, and phonemic awareness and phonics are where I focus my energy. I am teaching vocabulary as well, but mainly as we come to words or sight words. For example, today we did writing. I told the kids I would help them with words. I will post pictures of the words that we drew and wrote. It was great!!
I am starting Spanish classes with random people at school. Some of the groundskeepers have asked, and I am more than happy to oblige them. I feel like it is something I can do to help more. I just don’t feel like I really know where to begin!
Do I teach practical lessons: what to say when you meet someone or need something? Do I teach language arts: the ABC’s and sounds of letters/ words? Do I teach vocabulary: verbs and nouns?
Help! How did you learn a new language?