My goal in writing the curriculum is to have a list of certain words that all Spanish 1 students will know by the end of the school year. Since it probably is too daunting of a task to teach from only a list of words, I broke it down into a Curriculum Matrix (CM) described below. FYI - We have two semesters/year. The classes in each semester are 70 minutes for 90 days.
- There are 6-8 days of TPR, with a list verbs and misc. vocab. to be taught in those days
- There are 3 sections of TPRS with focus words.
During the 1st section of TPRS, the focus is solely on the él/ella form with the tú and ellos/ellas forms appearing if/when needed in the story.
In the 2nd section of TPRS, the tú and ellos/ellas forms are stressed more, and the yo form is also introduced in stories with dialogue.
In the final section of TPRS, the nosotros/nosotras forms will be stressed. So by the third section, a story could easily have ALL the different subject pronouns and accompanying forms of the verbs.
I'm not sure what to do about the vosotros/vosotras form in the CM. I was the only teacher at my school that taught this form because it is in literature, books, a video series, and songs from Spain that I use in Spanish 3 and higher so why ignore it in Spanish 1 & 2? That never made sense to me, but I may be in the minority.
- List of words to add into stories to cover additional vocabulary (mostly nouns and adjectives). As we (any teacher using TPRS with Spanish 1 this year) go through the semester, we will check off the words that the students have acquired (it was used as a focus word) and those they are familiar with. We'll have to determine a way to differentiate between the two.
- Grammar Box that will be covered with pop-up grammar and in context in stories; not in the traditional way with a worksheets and drills.
- Cognate List mostly from our old textbook + I'll attach lists from websites to encourage teachers to use them when needed.
- List of Basic Words like Señor, gracias, etc. that students already know or will pick up within a short period of time that are not formally included/written in the 3 TPRS sections even though they will be used in many of the stories.
- Readers for Spanish 1. Teachers will choose 2 of the books listed to complete in Spanish 1; 3 if there is time.
Items still needed:
- Culture Items. There will be cultural information that we agree to cover in this first level either from the Spanish readers, or by incorporating that information in our stories. (i.e. the importance of the family unit, the Plaza Mayor, meal times, foods, etc.)
- Agreed amount of time for FVR and/or "Kindergarten Day"- List of songs.
I've embedded my second draft below. (updated 6/19/12) It is still a work in progress. When I go to the NTPRS conference, I'd like to get some feedback on it and tweak it, or do a major overhaul, whatever is needed. You should start on the 2nd page because for some reason it wouldn't let me reorder the pages.
Please feel free to send me your suggestions, comments, and advice on the above draft. I welcome your input.