Taught by Mrs. Leah Benscher

The three C’s of learning a new language


The three C’s of learning a new language

1.  Communication: Communicate in Spanish
–  Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
–  Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
–  Students present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

2. Connection: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information
–  Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
–  Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

3. Comparison:  Gain insight into the nature of language and culture
–  Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language and the concept of culture through comparisons of the language and culture studied and their own.


Sample Topics:

  • Introduction to the world of Spanish
  • Greetings and leave-taking
  • The Alphabet the basis for all writing and correct pronunciation
  • Numbers
  • Personality Characteristics
  • Time-telling
  • Leisure Activities
  • Public buildings and places
  • Seasons
  • Food and drink
  • All corresponding grammar


  1. Spanish Class meets twice a week. Students are expected to have their books and workbooks with them at every class.
  2. Students are expected to complete their homework at home and come prepared to each class. This will enable them to participate and be active members of the learning environment.
  3. Students will be quizzed on each new vocabulary list (approximately every week and a half to 2 weeks).
  4. Students will have a big test at the end of every chapter in the textbook, they will have a minimum of one week to study and prepare.
  5. We will have a scheduled Midterm Exam and a Final Exam. Spanish is a language and therefore it is cumulative. The Final Exam will include the material learnt throughout the year.
  6.  Students practice dialogues, sing songs in Spanish, learn mnemonic devices to help with memorization,  play educational games,  chant,  learn hand motions, act out scenarios,  read,  write original poems and short essays,  participate in outdoors activities,  make posters, do projects, and so on and so forth.

All of the above create a comfortable learning environment, filled with enthusiasm and interest in the subject matter. Under these circumstances students can achieve their utmost and experience an immediate sense of accomplishment as they are able to speak, read, write and comprehend a whole new language.

It gives me immense joy to share my native tongue with your daughters and hopefully enable them to become bilingual.

Hasta la proxima!!

(Until next time)

Senora Benscher