We are three weeks into Spanish 1. I have 30 students: 29 total beginners, and one kid, Marc, who has taken Spanish 1 and 2 at another school with a traditional teacher (where he got a high B both years). Marc is a solid student who pays attention in class.
Another beginner, Mariam, arrived one week late because of holidays, and she has never taken Spanish.
Here are their first story writes. They had 20 min (no notes or dictionaries) to rewrite our story with new names, places and details.
Who would you expect to do better– the kid who’s taken Spanish for two years, or the kid who’s taken it for 11 days? Check it:
This is Marc’s story. He’s taken two years of Spanish
Now let us be clear: not all the 1s wrote this much or well. Some wrote 30 words (goal is 100 for the story) with awful grammar. I’ll post stats when I have everything entered. But it is interesting that a beginner can do this well after 11 days.