False Beginners

When teaching a language like Spanish I am bound to run into the idea of false beginners. There will be so many different levels of Spanish with my students when they enter the classroom. A false beginner is a student who has prior knowledge of Spanish, but is in a class with true beginners, who are learning for the first time.

When a false beginner is calling out the answers feeling good about life, we really need to take notice of this. The reason is that all of the true beginners become demoralized and start to think that they are stupid when this is not the case at all. It is our responsibility to make sure that the true beginners do not get left in dust! We must make sure that everyone understands before we move on.

How do we do this? By going slow, teaching to the eyes, and paying close attention to the barometer students, the ones that are not getting as fast. If we do not do this it can have dramatic affects on a child and possibly turn them off to the language. We must keep this in mind at all times.

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