JHS AT Spanish Students Learn More Culture and Language

Jamestown High School students in Stacy Childress’ AT Spanish class recently cultivated friendships with English as a New Language students by meeting and talking about their lives. The students answered questions and talked about different topics such as what their holiday traditions are in their families. AT Spanish students answered in Spanish and ENL students answered in English. The pairs help each learn their second language better and also foster community.

“I think it’s a great way for my students to use the language that they are learning in class,” said Mrs. Childress. “I wanted my students to gain a better understanding of what it feels like to not understand the language and how difficult it can be to come to a new place speaking a different language. I also want them to realize that speaking a foreign language outside of the classroom is much different than sitting in the safety of your classroom seat. They have been given the tools to use the language and these opportunities allow both groups to practice in a safe environment.  It also shows our ENL students that the AT Spanish students struggle with pronunciation and forming sentences too. Some of these kids have made some friendships and talk to each other outside of class so it has been a great experience.”

In addition to the ENL partnership, the AT Spanish class has also learned more about foods from different cultures to culminate one of their units. Students learned vocabulary and grammar to talk about the food they are cooking. Activities like this bring the students together and help students actually use the language in real life situations. The food unit is just one of many that the students participate in during the school year including: daily routines and holidays.


posted on 01/16/2018 - filed under: Academics, ENL, JHS, Spotlight, Students