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Classroom Reading Materials

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I have been teaching Spanish for 11 years and I am a firm believer that every student can learn a foreign language.  However, students do not all learn at the same pace.  During my growth as a teacher, I have witnessed a tremendous change in my students' abilities to comprehend, speak, and write if they are provided with as much comprehensible input as possible.  

This has meant that I have removed virtually all projects and assignments that don't directly align to providing input to my students.  Let's face it, we all learned a first language because our parents spoke to us and we even learned it without having to memorize vocabulary or study grammar rules.  However, we did eventually master English.  This is my approach to teaching Spanish.  My current challenge is that not all students progress at the same pace.  

I am asking for money to help build a library of reading materials and some classroom sets of books.  This will allow some flexibility in the class so that I can work with students at their level while those students on pace will be capable of gaining input through reading.  The textbook can layout the roadmap for the year, but it is the teachers job to make the language come alive and relate to the students.  A textbook does not talk nor  can it realize when a student doesn't understand.  That is why I ask for donations to buy basic reading materials for students so they get enrichment while I get others up to speed.

Thank you for your time and understanding.


Ryan Koopmans
Grand Rapids, MI

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