Spanish 2 has been running for three weeks. We have read a couple of easy novels, and have done one story cycle: el restaurante, which included reading, storyasking, Movietalk (Mr Bean videos RULE!) and Picturetalk.
Today’s first writing assessment: describe this photo.
First, Janelle, the top student. Amazing how she mixes past and present appropriately.
Next, we can compare two Level Two students who are not top performers. Hassan went to another school last year, where he had traditional grammar-and-textbook-based teaching. This is garbled and nonsensical. Hasan has some learning challenges and struggles in other classes.
Next, Abbas, who like Hassan has some challenges and struggles with school. This is not awesome…but we understand, and he has built in a bit of a backstory. Abbas had only TPRS in Level One.
Based on results, C.I. clearly helps the challenged kids more than does a traditional text.
Finally, Amneet. This is not very good writing. What is interesting here is that Amneet is probably the best speaker in the class. I have found this kind of thing typical: while most of the kids can undertsand everything (the scores for reading and listening quizzes are all between 80-100%), production skills vary dramatically from kid to kid and medium to medium. Writers are not necessarily speakers, and vice-versa.
Amneet arrived late in Spanish 2, has missed a bunch of classes, but did well last year (over 80%) so I am expecting her written output will pick up.