Spring 2017 Spanish 1 Results

Here are two story writes. Students had 25 minutes to write a story. No notes, no dictionary, no questions: write what you can en español.

These kids have had about 35 hours of input, zero writing/talking practice, very few grammar pop-ups, no workbook etc exercises.  As close to pure comprehensible input as you can get before moving into story listening.

First, Kaye. She is originally from the Philippines, and Spanish is her fourth language. I’m including her story because

A. it’s good
B. Kaye likes Duolingo…you can see her playing around with words I havn’t used.

Next, Bani. She is from the Punjab, and Spanish is her 4th language. What can I say? She rocks!


Note: not all students did this well. For the kids who are there for 19/20 classes and who pay attention, the average wordcount was about 175 and grammar mark 2.5/3. The skippers and burnouts do much, much worse.


One comment

  1. Greetings,

    I love reading your posts, and the abilities of your students is inspiring. I appreciate that inyou mentioned the students that do much, much worse. In the few years that I’ve been teaching with TPR, I’ve struggled to reconcile the message that I get from reading Blaine Ray and others – that TPR done well ensures success for all students – with the fact that there are always students in my classes that appear to be learning very little. My struggle is to figure out how much to slow down and focus on pulling the low achievers in while also trying to help the high flyers continue to acquire as much as they can.

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