Alena Knight

Alena Knight

Spanish II, Spanish III, and Conversational Spanish

agknight@lf.k12.de.us

¡Hola y mucho gusto! It is my pleasure to have your child in my class this school year. I taught Spanish in Virginia for eight years. I started teaching in Delaware in 2012. I received my bachelors in Spanish from Old Dominion University. I continued my education at Virginia Tech and received my Masters in Education Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English as a Second Language. I currently live in Magnolia with my husband and three wonderful children. The Spanish culture and language has always been my passion. I will be teaching Spanish II, III, and Conversational this year. One of my goals is to get the students excited about learning Spanish and the rich culture as well. Another goal if for my students to be able to learn and use the language with confidence and not just for the required credit. To accomplish this goal, they will be performing a number of speaking, reading, writing, and listening activities. The plan is to get them to the next level, being very aware that everyone might start at different levels. We will be forming a community to help keep a positive learning environment for every student. It is important to learn not only the language, but the culture of the language. We will be discussing different foods, music, and customs that different Latin American countries and Spain has to offer. Yes, we will be dancing and evening traveling to see one of these countries (Spain 2017). I had the privilege of taking several students to Costa Rica Spring 2015. I intend to pass on a love and passion for the Spanish language and hopefully this passion will grow as they embark on their future years in high school and beyond. This class will be fun, interesting, and challenging. I expect all students to embrace this challenge and I promise you will succeed with 100% effort and a positive attitude. Be prepared to work and study both in and outside of class. Participation and excellent attendance are required to succeed in Spanish. If a student is participating, they will make mistakes. While none of us like to make mistakes, they are a crucial part of learning.

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