A space to share ideas about the Spanish teaching-learning process and instructional strategies.
I am Maestra Claudia, a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language for almost fifteen years, an invaluable personal and professional teaching time because so many students from different backgrounds have passed through my classroom. They have taught me to see the world through their life experiences. Before being a Spanish teacher, I studied psychology and that has allowed me to approach teaching from another perspective, it has helped me to
understand the needs of my students.
How was this blog born?
As a student of English as a second language, I know firsthand how frustrating learning a new language can be. It was not an easy process for me (in fact, I still struggle with some grammar concepts), I felt lonely, hopeless, and very bored in the process. The problem was partly that I am a perfectionist and was ashamed of making mistakes. Later, through my years of experience as a Spanish teacher, I learned that my posture and my learning strategy were incorrect. I couldn't improve my language skills if I didn't practice them, or if I didn't allow myself to make mistakes. I have seen the same example with many of my students, but I have learned to be empathetic with them, to modify the learning process according to their needs, and to make them understand that learning a new language is a process that requires time and patience.
I have also seen frustrated parents because their children do not want to learn Spanish and because they do not know how to help them at home.
On the other hand, I am also thinking of my colleagues because most Spanish teachers focus only on the content part, but they are not trained in linguistic, educational, or psychological strategies to help our students. So, I decided to create a Contigo blog to talk about those issues that are essential in language teaching. Issues that concern students, parents, and teachers.
You will find two kinds of posts in this blog, some in English aimed at parents and students, and another in Spanish for teachers where I tell them about my experience and give them tips for their Spanish classes. So, I’m excited about it because it allows me to share my opinions and experiences with you all.
I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments on this blog.