Sunday, November 18, 2007

Suspenseful Spanish

I walked into my 2nd grade Spanish class recently with a black bag over my shoulders. Every kid was dying to know what was in it but I made them wait for a bit while we reviewed over the material of the previous class.The kids were listening to me but I could tell that contents of the bag were on every kid's mind. When I finally got around to reaching deep inside the bag, the kids were thrilled when I brought out a beach ball and threw it into the middle of the room. You guessed it! I spent the class teaching the kids about sports in Spanish as I pulled a baseball, basketball football, and soccerball (also called a football in most countries) out of the bag.

A little suspense is a great way to catch a student's interest. Whether you're using a box, a bag, your pockets, or a blanket, when kids are curious about something, they are sure to have a better time remembering it when it is finally revealed. It doesn't take a lot of effort to entertain my kindergartners through 5th graders. A lot of your students' excitement will depend on your excitement as well. A little suspense goes a long way as long as you play it up and keep the kids guessing. Learning Spanish can be exciting for your students and they can actually learn something if you are willing to have fun yourself.

Nathan Ryan is webmaster at the Spanish Help Net. He has taught English and Spanish around the world. For more information, visit This blog can also be found on The Spansish Help Net Website Blog.

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