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La Clase de Español
Bienvenido (welcome) to Spanish 2
My name is Jerry Bowling and I will be your son's or daughter’s Spanish teacher. This year we are studying Spanish 2.
I look forward to teaching your student this year. Since this is his/her 2nd year of Spanish, the students will be progressing into more conversation, pronunciation, situational knowledge, this year. We will be studing new vocabulary, new grammar, and culture of the 21 Spanish Speaking countries. That culture might include types of foods, things they like to do, special holidays, music and dance. I'm hoping that your child will come away with a rich knowledge of the Spanish Speaking world.
We are going to have a great time this year and we will grow in our language learning. Presently we are in a situation that causes us to groan...the Covid-19 pandemic. Oh, how our world has changed. Hopefully things will change by the end of the year, however we have to begin right in order to keep everyone safe. We wouldn't want anyone to get sick because of something that we did. So, we will be following the guidelines set down by the govenor of Texas and the Texas Education Agency. We have to wear masks and do our best to keep our 6' distancing.
We will begin with online instruction. We will be using Google Classroom. Each of the students will need to log in to the classroom each day. If we have a Google Meeting, I will advise where to log in to the meeting. But each day students are required to log in and do their daily assignments. In Spanish 2, we will somedays have a section to read, a video to watch, or an audio. I will try and make things interesting and will strive to make it interesting. Below are the Google Classroom log-in codes. Each student should log in daily during the classroom times and complete assignments. If a day goes by without a login from your student he/she will be counted as absent.
1st Period - eu2ip4v
2nd Period - 2nhbpq4
4th Period - r2jxjlm
5th Period - yt3yujf
6th Period - dm6kruo
7th Period - rk37wrg
8th Period - edze3x7
Teaching is my second career and I love teaching Spanish. I will do all that I can to help your child have success in learning, not only in Spanish but grow in a knowledge of the world around us. If he/she has problems encourage him/her to contact me and I can hopefully make a time to do some tutoring. Any questions or concerns just let me know, call me at school or you can ask for a one-on-one meeting.
I lived in South America for 28 years serving as a Baptist missionary. I retired in 2015 from full-time missions because I wanted to have some time with grandkids and parents. I loved living in South America and it gave me a love for the people and culture. It didn’t hurt to become fluent in the language of Spanish. I have lived in Costa Rica, Paraguay and Chile, and I have visited and worked in many of the other Spanish Speaking Countries. In fact, I have traveled to over 20 different countries. I hope to share some of what I experienced with the students.
This is my 6th year to teaching Spanish. I taught at Liberty High School in 2005 – 2006 and began here at Hardin High School in 2016.
This year your son or daughter will be learning a language spoken by over 500,000,000 people in the world. In fact, the United States has over 52 million people that speak Spanish. Only Mexico has more Spanish speakers than the U.S. There are countless opportunities to get a good paying job for people who speak Spanish.
At the end of this year, some of my students will have enough language to do well in visiting and touring in these countries. They will be able to hold basic conversations and be understood. But, for that to happen I will need your support in encouraging them to study. It is my job to prepare them to these ends and if they have a desire, jump right into Spanish 3.
You can encourage your son or daughter by asking them at the end of the day:
- How did your Spanish class go today?
- What did you learn?
- Ask them to teach you a word or two? You will be impressed and proud of their progress.
- Encourage them to practice their vocabulary and share with you what they are learning.
- Ask them “how do you say _____?” In Spanish you would say, ¿Como se dice __________? If they don’t know, try to learn it together. It will encourage them to learn more.
I look forward to meeting you during the Parent Teacher nights at school. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me during my 3rd period conference period (9:40 - 10:30), or you can send me an email me at email@example.com. God bless.
Jerry A. Bowling
Hardin High School
PS: My syllabus is also attached to this site. Just click on it for more information.