Several months ago, I posted about my "Big Idea" to begin a combined Beginning English/Basic Spanish course for parents at my daughter's bilingual elementary school.
It's taken a while to get things organized, but this "Spanglish" course is definitely underway. I advertised at our Back to School Night and was amazed by the positive response. Even though I'm not requiring preregistration, I have well over a dozen sign-ups, mostly from Hispanic parents. You know, people often complain about how Mexicans come to our country (because they're all Mexican, right?), and make no attempt to learn our language. In my experience, this generalization is inaccurate. I believe that most immigrants have the desire to learn, although many are held back from formal classes by affordability and accessibility issues. Hopefully this class will help address both.
Now I am both anxious and excited to see how the first day goes. My biggest concerns are logistic. The space we have to work in is quite small and simply can't accommodate more than fifteen people. It's quite likely that I will end up dividing the class, at least initially. Also, I'm really hoping to get a good mix of Spanish and English language learners, although ultimately it may end up being predominantly ESL.
In the meantime, I'm having fun putting together my curriculum and lessons (FINALLY! Why am I such a hopeless procrastinator?). Which brings me to my last question... While searching Microsoft Word templates for flashcards, I discovered that they have pre-designed cute little alphabet cards with the letter name and a picture. A, a, apple, B, b, bat, you get the idea. So what genius chose K, k, knife? I know that English isn't a particularly phonetic language, but really! Someone needs some time off to think about that one.