Welcome to Greenwood High School's oncourse webpage for Mr. Guerra.
I would like to welcome you to Greenwood High School. I am very excited to start a new school year. My name is Oswaldo Guerra and I am teaching Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 this year. I am highly qualified in the subject area of Mathematics and Spanish by South Carolina Department Of Education. My goal is for all my students to learn and be successful academically and exceed the growth targets.. My philosophy has always been that the most important goals for the students in my courses should be to gain a fundamental understanding of the concepts behind the material, and to know how and when these concepts may be applied, both within Spanish and beyond it. In helping the students to achieve these goals, I employ a variety of techniques to accommodate the different learning styles, academic and career goals of the students in my courses. I also plan to make the course as enjoyable as possible, even for students who are usually adverse to languages.
I am available most mornings from 7:30 until 8:25 for students to get extra help.
you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864-941-5600.
Class Schedule - 1st. Semester
First Block 8:30 - 10:00 am AVID Spanish
Second Block 10:05 - 11:40 am Spanish 1
Third Block 11:45 - 1:50 pm Spanish 1
Second Lunch 12:45 - 1:15 pm
Fourth Block 1:55 - 3:30 pm Spanish 1
Spanish 1 -Course Description: This course prepares students to: perform interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communicative task within the novice low to novice high range on the ACTFL proficiency scale; interpret, exchange, and present, information, concepts and ideas both within the classroom and beyond on a variety of topics including connections to other subject areas; and understand the relationship among the products, practices and perspectives of oter cultures. In addition students develop insight into their own language and culture.
Goals and Objectives: This course is designed to enable students to:
- maintain a simple conversation with native speaker about themselves, their families, their school life, their extracurricular activities, their home life, and their general interests.
- discuss future plans about any topic mentioned above.
- talk about an event in the present tense, using correct conjugating of verbs according to the subject of the sentence.
- have the necessary vocabulary to accomplish the tasks mentioned above.
- demonstrate confidence in their ability to communicate in Spanish by speaking, reading, and listening to the language in order to be able to accomplish the tasks mentioned above.
WHY LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE?
Open Up a World of Job Opportunities
As the world is changing fast. More companies than ever are doing business with more than often dozens of countries around the world, but they can’t do it without hiring globally minded people who can speak at least one foreign language. Ever wanted to be like those people you see in the airport traveling to foreign countries “on business” all the time? That can be you.
Give Your Brain a Boost
Study after study has demonstrated the cognitive benefits of learning another language, no matter how old you are. Memory improvement, longer attention span, and a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline, are just a few of the known positive effects of speaking two or more languages.
Establish Deep Connections and Cross-Cultural Friendships
what about this? You have a friend from another country who you enjoy hanging out with, but you only speak to each other in English. You feel a connection with that person, and think they’re a great friend. And then they mention one day about this other group of friends, who speak their native language, that they meet up with all the time. But you’ve never been invited, because you wouldn’t understand what anyone is saying. Ok, so you can’t learn every language in the world and have an intimate knowledge of every single culture out there. But if there’s even one culture that you’d like to understand better, or even one person in your life you’d like to know better, then one of the best ways you can start is by learning to speak their language.
Get an Outsider’s Perspective about Your Own Culture
I strongly believe that language and culture are intimately linked. Learn another language and you’ll have insight into another culture. You’ll get to “ride on a different bus” and not only see what it’s like inside and even get comfy in there, but get a clear view of your own for the first time.
Become More Interesting and Meet More Interesting People
Believe me, if you’re a native English speaker who speaks two or more languages, you’ll have many more lively, engaging conversations about a variety of topics than you ever would have had otherwise.
If your first language is English, the third most common spoken language in the world, and yet you’ve made the effort to learn another language rather than expecting the world to accommodate your monolingualism, then you’re a rare breed indeed. This makes you interesting. People will approach you. They’ll want to talk to you. They’ll want to know what motivated you to “bother” learning another language.
Here are 10 reasons why learn languages:
2. Advance Your Career
3. Feed Your Brain
4. Deepen Your Connection to Other Cultures
5. See the World
6. Go to the Source
7. Become a Polyglot
8. Boost Your Confidence
9. Strengthen Your Decision Making
10. Gain Perspective
Tips To Learn Any Language
1. Know your motivation
If you don’t have a good reason to learn a language, you are less likely to stay motivated over the long-run. No matter your reason, once you’ve decided on a language, it’s crucial to commit: “OK, I want to learn this and I’m therefore going to do as much as I can in this language, with this language and for this language.”
2. Find a partner
Finding some kind of partner will push both of you to always try just a little bit harder and stay with it. “I think it’s a really great way of actually going about it. You have someone with whom you can speak, and that’s the idea behind learning a new language.”
3. Talk to yourself
This can keep new words and phrases fresh in your mind. It also helps build up your confidence for the next time you speak with someone.
4. Keep it relevant
Talking to people is one of the best ways to learn a language, because it keeps the learning process relevant to you.
5. Have fun with it
practice your new language: make a radio play with a friend, draw a comic strip, write a poem or simply talk to whomever you can. If you can’t find a way to have fun with the new language, chances are you aren’t following step four!