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Spanish Phase 4 Reflection

 What am I most proud of?

Amongst all accomplishments or improvements I’ve made this year in Spanish, I am most proud of my overall ability to expand my knowledge without falling behind in class. I feel that this was not only due to mostly consistently studying out-of-class, but also just creating examples or writing sentences and immediately applying newfound knowledge such as expressions and transitions, vocabulary or conjugation uses, in class.

Do I consider myself a Spanish-speaker? Why or why not?

To an extent, I suppose that I consider myself a Spanish-speaker. Because that my speaking skills are lesser than my comprehension and writing skills, I feel that I wouldn’t necessarily use the term, “Spanish-speaker” unless used in an overall sense. Whilst this is true, I believe that I could consider myself this because I think that I know enough Spanish to have an everyday conversation in multiple formalities or registers in both writing and speaking. In my judgment, I believe that

What would I do differently if I could do the course again?

If I could do this course over again, I would try to apply Spanish or newly-learned Spanish  from class to my everyday life in terms of speaking in Spanish. This could be both in class or outside of class (speaking to my mom). I feel that this would have been the a good opportunity to practice speaking aloud in general

What are three concrete actions I can take to ensure that I am prepared for Spanish B next year?

  1. Study important, complex vocabulary learned from this course by using Quizlet sets on my free time during the summer (in the car, at home, etc)
  2. Consolidate knowledge on conjugation by memorizing patterns and rules written in my notebook (using different strategies to remember)
  3. Practice overall conversational skills with Spanish-Speaking friends while in the U.S (whether it’s via text or in person) or (additional) Use Duolingo app to consolidate and reinforce overall Spanish knowledge (expressions and transitions)
  4. ADDITIONAL– Organize transitions, expressions, vocabulary, subjunctive uses, imperative uses, etc in my notebook into one section (can be read with ease, simpler to read and practice)

EDITORIAL: Freedom of Expression – Charlie Hebdo

EDITORIAL: Should ‘Freedom of Expression” be limited, based on the shootings in Paris regarding Charlie Hebdo? 

The controversy amidst the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris is an example of how blurred the line is between simply sharing our beliefs or addressing our opinions (Free Speech), and intending to provoke violence among a certain race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. (Hate Speech)

Pope Francis speaks concerning this matter, stating that religious freedom and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights, but they are also not at total liberties and that there is a limit, says Times Magazine.

Although we should discourage hate speech, it should definitely not be considered as a crime or an illegal action. As much as hate speech may be hurtful and have the ability to indirectly cause violence upon another, declaring hate speech as an illegal action and limiting such things would be considered as censorship. Enforcing censorship ultimately goes against this idea of freedom of speech, as ‘freedom of speech’ is a fundamental right and is the key factor of a democratic, liberal society.

Considering this, in retaliation to violent acts in the name of one’s religion or group in the result of an act of hate speech, then is when a moderation or regulation should be put in place. This does not limit freedom of speech, but rather eliminates violent consequences after the fact.

Unidad 2 Reflexión

  1. Write a headline of no more than 10 words to summarize your learning this unit. How the Concept of Beauty Affects Our Lives: in Spanish 
  2.  How you felt during the learning experience and why: I have felt the most comfortable with this unit because I am interested in what we have been learning which has motivated me to study this. I feel as though I have tried my best to study and practiced this at home after classes with my notes and Quizlet. Quizlet Live and other Quizlet activities have definitely helped me throughout this unit with new vocabulary related to beauty, and the different irregulars and uses of subjunctive (UWEIRDOS) 
  3. How what you have learned is relevant to other classes/material you are learning: In Art class, our new unit is on self-image and gender standards, and I can connect this back to what we have learned in Spanish Class: effect of the media on self-esteem and the concept of beauty. 
  4. Make a wordle or mind map of your learning.

Spanish: Unit 1 Reflection

Unit 1 Reflection 

This year in Spanish, I have a variety of strengths and weaknesses in regards to the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, including the unit grammar and vocabulary. My strengths in reading are identifying elements and text types, however, my weaknesses include comprehending and interpreting most text without having to know all the vocabulary in the passage/piece of writing. My strengths in writing include correctly identifying different elements of different text types and integrating them into my writing, however, my weaknesses are using new vocabulary learned from the unit. I definitely need to improve my speaking and listening skills (not many strengths, weaknesses include speaking at a faster pace without any pauses and listening to fast-paced speech)

To promote improvement and growth in my learning and knowledge, I will try to develop a strong work and study ethic by putting time and dedication into studying at home and creating new Quizlet sets after each lesson. (we learn new vocabulary after each lesson) In addition to learning with these Quizlet sets, I will also pronounce it aloud and use it in a sentence to make sure I know how to use it and to allow me to improve my speaking and oral skills.

So far, my first goal for the rest of the semester one is to get back into the overall working mentality and re-attain the habit of persistent studying. My second and final goal for the rest of this semester, which connects to the first goal, is to study old material and make sure that I refresh my memory and remember old vocabulary and conjugation. I only have two goals because I work at a fairly slow pace and the goals that I have set are quite time-consuming (big and difficult goals).

Spanish: Joan Miro

La presentacíon:  https://drive.google.com/a/yis.ac.jp/file/d/0B39zifznm66_R0M2MnYzVlBGVUk/view?usp=sharing

Presentation: 0:00 – 2:51

Questions: 2:52 ~

Spanish 10 Goals

Below are a few of the main goals that I intent to focus on for this year in Spanish.

  1. My main priority for this year in Spanish is to review as much as possible to retain the knowledge that I have retrieved from each Spanish lesson. This is a priority because it is often very difficult for me to retain knowledge if I do not study it at home immediately. This includes both vocabulary, expressions and transitions, and verbs from previous units and assessments.
  2. My second goal for this year is to stay organised throughout the whole year. This includes bringing all of my materials to class, remembering to finish my homework or any assigned task and also connects with my first goal in studying and reviewing to retain knowledge from previous lessons.
  3. I would like to become less reliant on my resources and notes when completing tasks. This includes SpanishDict and any other websites that I find myself using very often. This will stop me from depending on these resources if I’m unsure of something meaning that I will ask more questions and take time in studying and reviewing them more often.
  4. My fourth goal is to begin effectively taking notes in class. Transferring the exact same thing on the board to my notes will not help me if I do not understand what it means when looking at it in the future. (future reference) To do this, I could create diagrams, write down examples, draw pictures, etc.

Q&A With Juliet

Cocinar: Crema Volteada

Reflexión: Unidad 3

New Things I Learned This Unit

The first think I learned this unit was the difference between all past tenses and when to use each one (preterite, imperfect, present perfect, past perfect, participles, etc) Another thing I learned this unit was the different to future tenses and how to use them. (conjugation: conditional) The last thing I learn was how to write and use different structures for certain text types (the different structures for different text types)

Questions I Still Have

  • Where and how did storytelling first originate or start? 
  • When should you use present perfect tense?

Things That Went Well During This Unit 

Firstly, I am proud of learning all of the past tenses and their conjugations by using quizlet sets online. I am also proud of the improvement of my writing and comprehension skills during assignments and assessments.

My Goals for the Next Unit

Things I could improve on may include study habits in regards to past information that I have learned. (I need to study previous unit vocabulary or verbs so that I don’t forget it) I would also like to expand my vocabulary by creating new Quizlet sets and studying them every so often.

Las Civilizacions: Incas

THE PRESENTATION: Mi viaje a Peru

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