Monday, February 11, 2013

TEESP Elementary Spanish Curriculum Review

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In my post yesterday I talked about the Technology Enhanced Elementary Spanish Program (TEESP).  It is a free Spanish teaching program geared toward elementary aged students.  Today I tested out one of the lessons with my Spanish students.  I have 7 students ranging in ages 1.5-6 years old.

I did my normal warm-up songs and activities and then used TEESP level 1 lesson 4. The title of this lesson is "¿Hay una muchacha?"  The lesson was thorough and my students did well with the student page which can be found in the pdf here. We started by reviewing some of the vocabulary that would be on the video which was explained in the lesson plan on the pdf.  I had my students watch the short video and my students were able to respond (after a little encouragement) to the questions.

Overall I really liked the lesson.  From what I have seen so far it is a great curriculum and you most certainly can't beat the price.  My one and only point on the negative side is that the Spanish pronunciation on the video is sometimes not as authentic as I would like it to be.  It grates on my nerves a little bit but I know my students did not notice.   ; ) 

I included a fun Spanish monster sheet (see picture below) from that allowed my students to practice their Spanish parts of the body vocabulary as well as the word "hay."   My students enjoyed coloring both pages and I always make comments or ask questions in Spanish as they are coloring.  For example I might say..."Me gusta el monstruo de Katie.  Su monstruo es azul con pelo largo."  or I might ask..."¿De que color son los ojos de tu monstruo?"

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Spanish parts of the body vocabulary
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Free Elementary Spanish Curriculum

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Need a few ideas for teaching elementary Spanish?

You are going to want to take a look at the Technology Enhanced Elementary Spanish Program (TEESP).  This is a program developed by high school Spanish teachers to improve teaching strategies in language education.  "The project was designed to assist small schools with limited budgets with a way to integrate Spanish language learning into elementary classrooms." Using the TPRS method the program includes songs, rhymes, chants and games. The program is available on iTunesU free of charge. All lessons and podcasts are available for download into iTunes for use in the classroom.  You'll need the free quick time player in order to play the videos.

Each lesson has a downloadable PDF lesson plan which includes student sheets, and a teaching video.  The picture below is a screenshot of what you would see on level 1 lesson 3 ¿Cómo se llama?

Enjoy!  Leave a comment if you have used this in your classroom or just let me know what you think.

Check out some of the other free Spanish teaching resources that TEESP offers on their website. These include songs, chants, and printable posters.