Most foreign language students are shy, perhaps feel a bit awkward about learning a different language. I have found total immersion into the new language is the most effective way to learn it. As an elementary and high school Spanish teacher, I develop student ability in speaking for example, through exercises using a variety of methods to help them gain confidence.
Depending on the students' goals for learning Spanish [improving test scores, travel, career related advancement] I will focus on strategies that have worked successfully in the past. I will be able to engage new students in learning by tapping into what they already know about a culture and its language. Finally, presenting new ideas to the students to keep their interest sustained, such as identifying relevant future jobs where their knowledge of a second language would be financially and socially beneficial to them.
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