This semester, I have been surprised by the literacy levels of my students. I am surprised by the drastic levels of my student’s literacy skills. Even though I teach Spanish and my students read in Spanish, on some assignments they are supposed to translate their readings into English and I notice some use academic English to translate and others just describe what they are trying to translate.
September 30, 2013
My literacy rich classroom looks like they need help understanding the concept of the readings. This is a Spanish II class and they are starting to do advanced reading, which they were not used to doing the previously year in their lower level Spanish class. My students are engaged in reading small stories about the subjects they already know and we go over them as a classroom to make sure everyone is on the same level of understanding.
December 15, 2015
My literacy rich classroom looks like they understand the readings well enough, even though the readings are in Spanish, my students are following the information well. My students are engaged in readings about history especially about the culture of the target language. They are reading small stories about Latin American customs and traditions and comparing them to the ones we have her in the United States.
May 30, 2014
It is the end of the school year and my literacy rich classroom is on top of their readings. Starting the year with short readings and moving on with translations my students can handle longer readings, plus translation. My students are still learning about Hispanic countries and comparing what they learn in their readings with what they already know about their own country, with this my students pair up with a peer and share their thoughts. As a class we have group discussions about the readings and my students are capable of independently sharing their thoughts and ideas of readings done in the classroom and readings done outside the classroom. I believe my students are ready for Spanish III, where the readings are much more advanced.