Granada: Tackling Topography in Antonio's Level 2 Spanish Class

Antonio's Level 2 Spanish Class tackles the "Can Do" statement: “I can ask and answer questions about topographical and geographical features of the target country and the U.S.”

July 3, 2017

     “I can ask and answer questions about topographical and geographical features of the target country and the U.S.” was the "Can Do" statement for Antonio’s level 2 Spanish class yesterday.  To begin, students discussed the Sierra Nevada mountain region that sprawls over Granada and the origin of the word Nevada, coming from the Spanish verb nevar, or to snow. Using Nevada as a platform, students then discussed places in the U.S. with Spanish names, such as the state of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas. This activity demonstrated that through studying the topography of Granada, students can not only learn more about the Spanish language, but also about the places where they live and where they come from.  The next activity involved students locating points on a map of Granada and giving directions to their partner about how to get from point A to point B.  While this activity will help students navigate through Granada, these skills of navigation and awareness of one’s surrounding geography will be useful wherever they go.   

     Antonio’s energy and thought provoking questions entice students to connect with new material from class and apply it directly to their lives. In his biography for this program, Antonio wrote that one of his main passions in life is teaching Spanish.  And after observing his class, I realized that no word could better describe Antonio’s teaching style than passion. During the year, Antonio teaches university students at IES Abroad, and it is with this passion that Antonio inspires his students everyday. 

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