Early Start Spanish 2
16: En la clase- More classroom language for teachers
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Section 16 is a reference aid for the teacher

How far should you aim to conduct your lessons in Spanish?

With young beginners, the teacher will probably want to keep much of the talking about language, culture and setting up activities in your own language - but using Spanish where it is clear the children understand what is said and how to respond.

The video gives you some starting points: you see the contexts in which simple, authentic language is used by a Spanish teacher with her class in a primary school in Spain.

See language used in a Spanish primary school, like "Let's watch the video"

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Books for the teacher

We recommend these books to give you some more ideas to help you enhance your lessons with the Continuation Pack. The second one is for secondary teachers, but has examples in Spanish.

Keep talking (Young Pathfinder 4)
Teaching in the target language

Peter Satchwell

Provides detailed guidance on how to ensure progression by developing the use of the target language. It gives a range of practical advice with examples on how to communicate in the classroom, discusses the importance of progression, and shows how to organise displays. It also contains an appendix of useful target language for use in the classroom in both French and German (but sadly not in Spanish).

Contents: Introduction - Communication in the classroom - Progression - Displaying the target language - Conclusion - Appendix 1: Target language for classroom interaction - Appendix 2: Common first names - Appendix 3: Bibliography - Appendix 4: Useful addresses.

February 1997, 80 pages, 240 x 180mm, paperback, 1 874016 73 9, £8.00.

How to order from CILT Publications: http://www.cilt.org.uk/publications/howtoorder.htm

Other similar books: http://www.cilt.org.uk/publications/primary.htm
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The second book is published by ALL (the Association for Language Learning) and written for secondary school language teachers - so teachers of young beginners will probably want to implement only part of what it suggests.

It does have the great merit of including a set of examples in Spanish of the sort of classroom interaction language you will find useful - but it is meant for older, more advanced students - so select from it with care!

Using the Target Language
Author: Carol Macdonald
Published By: Association for Language Learning (ALL) / MGP
ISBN: 1-85234-507-1
Format: 60pp A4 - Price: £7.99


  • Why use the target language?
  • Will pupils really understand?
  • Can pupils use the target language?
  • How do we keep it going?
  • What do I need to think about?
  • But how do I cope if....?
  • Is it all possible?
  • Producing a policy on the use of target language
  • Language for classroom use (list of Spanish examples, also French, German, Italian, Russian)  

How to order: http://www.languagelearn.co.uk/order_publications.htm
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