Themes in teaching Spanish as a second language : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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Baranowski, Peter R.
Barnette, Linda Jane Carpenter, 1946-
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Thesis (B.A.)
Honors College
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The purpose of this project is one first and foremost of the presentation in English of several themes in foreign language education to two foreign language teaching methods courses. Secondly, it serves as a written guide in Spanish for foreign language educators in planning for individual student success and success for the class as an entity. (It should be noted that the Appendix is a written description in English of the presentations and themes in this thesis.) Lesson planning is an integral part of each and every teachers' preparation but it should be done on a higher level considering the student and his or her needs. The eight column plan along with its intricacies demonstrates a manner which places the needs of the student as a priority. In addition, the foreign language educator should consider carefully the first class session with students who are unfamiliar with the language; special activities can be designed to facilitate the integration of the foreign language completely into all classroom activities during the first class session. Finally, the educator must consider the power of suggestion in his or her classroom and in doing so could benefit from the discoveries of Lozanov and his development of the teaching method known as Suggestopedia.