Gina Vander Zwaag is a 6th grade student in Spanish immersion at Zeeland Christian School. It’s a special treat to welcome her to our blog, as she shares about her immersion experience, and how things are going in middle school.
This conversation features Christa Holland-Anderson, a 6th grade Spanish immersion teacher at Holland Language Academy. add.a.lingua’s Stephanie Irizarry asks Maestra Holland-Anderson to describe some of her instructional practices, as well as strategies she uses to grow her proficiency in the Spanish language.
“Equity in action for our nation’s ELL students means ensuring they reach the same bar expected of all students. By making multilingualism our aim and taking the necessary steps to bring programs into alignment with research on language acquisition, we can provide students and families with the equitable education they deserve.”
“Immersion education is another opportunity to help my kids become productive citizens not just of the USA, but also of a spiritual kingdom that looks at the world for what we can give, not just what we can get, for what we can share, not just what we can protect.”
FonoCultura is an early Spanish reader series that uses author Olga Díaz’s personal stories to bring together authentic language and cultural elements for the benefit of student learning. Here’s what what mom had to say about what the series means to her son.
“The pedagogy is now so very alive and new that, for example, the student, I now know, needs to hear a word used around 70 times [in context] in order to make it a part of their vocabulary. So, just imagine how much we need to do and the resources we need to have in order to make sure that students can learn new vocabulary.”
contributed by: Monica VanderZwaag When we started in Spanish Immersion, we were so excited but also hesitant about the process. Our kids started in preschool, where parent helpers were required, so every few weeks one of us would go in and participate in the class. … Read More
Instead of merely admiring the problems surrounding limited culturally and linguistically authentic Spanish texts for budding readers, Olga Díaz tackled them head-on as an author.
contributed by Cortney Housman Dan (my husband) and I, genuinely, wholeheartedly enjoy people; discovering more about their culture, upbringing, passions, character strengths/weaknesses, and their achievements. We delight in witnessing the pleasantness of people living together in unity; exuding love, compassion and humility despite different races… Read More
Nayeli Venegas models the stance of a lifelong learner. While she says she’s learned a bit from me over the years, I’m almost certain I’ve learned more from her.