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Being WEIRDO is confusing but makes sense after a while
Learning about different tenses in Spanish also helped me understand, not just how to conjugate, but the uses of different tenses in other languages, mainly german. I now really understand the uses of the subjunctive in Spanish and the differences between preterite and imperfect in both languages (German and Spanish).
Another class where we were covering similar material (information wise) was in PSHE when we talked about body image and what beauty means to us. In both units, we looked at similar material and learned more about how beauty means something different to every one of us and explored what it means specifically to you.
Outside of classrooms, this unit has also helped me understand what beauty means and might be able to give this information on to others when they need it, i.e. when someone is unhappy with their appearance. For this reason, I think it is an incredibly important unit to go through.
What I have learned in this unit has both moral and ethical implications. As this unit focussed on beauty and what it means to be beautiful, the main thing I learned was that everyone is beautiful in their own way. I already knew this previously but through this unit, I go to develop this idea even more.
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In this first unit on cultural art, I feel I have improved in my reading and writing skills. I now find it easier to identify and recreate certain text types. I also believe that I have improved drastically with using unit-specific vocab in my writings. Something I struggle with with reading is full comprehending the reading. A way I could improve here is by doing more complex readings and practice recognizing certain repeated features.
I also feel I have improved on my speaking skills but only when I have had practice in the specific area, for example during a presentation. An area where I really need to improve is my speaking without practice. At the beginning of this week, we had two spanish speakers come and all we were meant to just talk about anything. I found this incredibly difficult. Something else I need to work on is my listening skills. This also became apparent when we were talking to the spanish speakers. However, I did see that many other people were struggling with this too so maybe it is something we can practice together.
I believe I am doing reasonably okay with the unit vocabulary and grammar. The reason for this is that in class we often repeat the explanations but go a bit more into detail each time. Also, games like the fly swatter game help me learn vocab. However, the most useful tool for me for learning new vocab is still quizlet.
To further improve in the skills where I am lacking is by really trying to use to opportunities we are given to practice, mainly speaking. At the beginning of the year, I made asking questions in spanish my goal. I have had some difficulties with this but I will most definitely continue trying. Another part of my original goal was to ask questions when I don’t understand something. I feel I have really done this (and sometimes even received points for them which is a great way of keeping us motivated).
My goal for the rest of the year is now to really use the learning and practice opportunities we are given. I shouldn’t shy away from learning experiences. This is something I need to remember for all of my subjects but it is particularly important in the spanish subject.
- My first goal for this year is to stay as organized as I was last year. This is not something I necessarily need to improve but rather something I need to continue doing. I will see how well I am doing this by how often I miss the due date or forget to bring my material to Spanish class. I am hoping that both of this will never occur. I know that I am capable of doing this as I managed last year and it should not be much harder this year. This is relevant as it is one of the student expectations for this year.
- My second goal for this school year in Spanish is to use translation less when doing out of class writing. I will set myself an amount of times I am allowed to use Spanish.Dict per writing task and slowly decrease this number. With this, I will hopefully decrease how reliant I am on translation devices at the moment. I hope to come close to writing a few pieces with almost no translation needed. This is relevant as last year I used Spanish.Dict a lot and so in inclass essays I wrote in english a lot which made my score go down.
- My third goal for this year is to use the opportunity the class gives us to speak more Spanish. A way in which I can do this is by attempting to ask questions in Spanish. Sra. Hill will not expect this to be perfect right from the beginning so don’t worry about it being perfect. I will see how this works by the fluency of my questions by the end of the year. This is relevant as luency is something I really want to work on this year.
- My fourth goal is to stop ignoring when I don’t understand something but rather to ask for it to be explained again. It is ok if I do not feel comfortable enough to ask again in front of the class, I can go to Sra. Hill after class as well. I will see the progress of this by not finding myself confused as often at home unable to get help. Also this should help me score better on tests as I understand the material better. This is relevant as I did this a lot last year and got bad scores because of it. I want to work on this this year.