If you are a new Spanish teacher or perhaps you are a Spanish teacher with new children in your class or you are just a curricular MFL (modern foreign language) teacher you can try these ideas in your first lesson at the beginning of the term.
Greet all the children as they arrive, encouraging them to repeat the greeting to you.
My usual greetings to the little ones are:
“¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?” they must reply “Muy bien”
BUENOS DÍAS or BUENAS TARDES
However if you have got a big group or in curricular time don´t waste all your time doing this. You will have children sleeping in your desk or on the floor.
You can use your puppet. Mine is call “PERRITO” is quite friendly and children like to use it and you can choose a brave boy or girl. Let them greet each other for a few minutes.
Depends of your group you can do a bit more:
My groups they don´t repeat the same questions all the time. I like to challenge my children, even new children, anybody can play with “PERRITO” little doggy means in Spanish.
Some other questions they can practice and you can adapt in your group:
- ¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo ….
- ¿Cuántos años tines? Tengo …
- ¿Dónde vives? vivo en …
- ¿Te gusta el/la …? Sí, me gusta.
In your first lessons you can check the numbers, you can play a colour game if you got some space in your class.
Children love to count and you can play several games with soft balls passing the ball and counting.
You can play a song about the numbers or you can play a song about the colours.
You can read and story in Spanish to the children, prepare well the story if you want to link that one already with your term topic.
Remember children they should hear in your class as much Spanish as they can and they should be able to practice as much as they can. It is difficult and you must balance really well the class in order to achieve this. Ideally for some people will be all the class in Spanish, some other people the thing at early stage it is really hard. Personally I do all my best so they children understand what is going on in the class and try to use the Spanish as much as I can and make them use it as well.
Those are some of our tips for your first lessons and we hope it helps you to break the ice with the children your first week.
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