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Hogback Community College                                            

SPANISH THROUGH STORIES: Beginner & Review (Fall, 2013)

 

"This course more than met expectations! Chris is a fabulous teacher able to differentiate material to match his learners. Combining the learning of the language with the connections to our community and the immigrants' lives is an incredible way to make Spanish relevant and to increase awareness of our community."

—participant in Hogback Community College Spanish Through Stories, Summer 2013

 

Back and expanded by popular demand! The fall 2013 offering of Spanish Through Stories will serve as both a refresher for those who attended the summer 2013 course and as a reintroduction to the language for those who already possess basic Spanish skills. The course will continue to use the Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) method of using stories and storytelling to learn Spanish. This engaging method helps to build vocabulary and grammatical structures in a way that mirrors natural language acquisition.

Some stories will be co-created, while others will chronicle the lives of migrant Mexican farm workers who will also visit the class. Students can expect a varied combination of reading, writing and speaking activities which will provide ample opportunity to reflect, practice, and produce. There will be supplemental online learning material and activities to augment the biweekly classes using a "flipped classroom" model.

In addition to learning the language through stories, participants will also meet and talk with local migrant Mexican farm workers, both in the classroom and at a farm. These interactions will provide authentic opportunities to practice Spanish, learn about other cultures, and to reflect on immigration issues.

The last class meeting will feature a Mexican feast with homemade corn tortillas made with a wood-fired oven. We will invite our Mexican neighbors to the celebration. Lastly, additional opportunities to get involved with this population will be available for interested participants.

For students with experience speaking Spanish, see the Spanish Through Stories intermediate level course description below.

About the Instructor

Chris Urban is a grade 7-12 Spanish teacher at Harwood Union High School. For three years he worked for the Vermont Migrant Education Program as an English teacher for migrant Mexican farm workers in Addison County (pictured here with his former student and Vermont migrant worker Pablo Contreras in his hometown of Atlixtac, Guerrero, in southern Mexico.) Chris is the co-creator of the Golden Cage Project exhibit and website, www.goldencageproject.org, which promotes understanding of the lives of Mexican migrant workers on Vermont’s dairy farms.

Course Details

Beginner/Review will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8pm September 16, 18, 25, 30 and October 2, 7, 9.

All classes will be at Howden Hall in Bristol, except a TBA field trip to a farm.

Minimum/maximum student enrollment:

Minimum: 6    Maximum: 15

Fee: $160 for the course

Credit hours*: 1 credit hour (16 hours of instruction)

*While our courses offer the structure and content of college courses, we are not seeking accreditation for Hogback Community College, nor do we currently offer credits for transfer to other educational institutions. Many teachers have taken Hogback Community College courses as part of their Professional Development requirements.

 

How to Apply: Download a registration form here. On it you’ll find detailed information about the registration process, including fees, cancellation policies, directions to course meeting sites, etc.  Please complete the registration form and mail with payment to VERMONT FAMILY FORESTS to the address indicated on the form. We will hold your payment until we reach the minimum number of students required for offering the course. If we have already reached the course’s maximum student capacity by the time you submit your registration, we will place you on a waiting list.

 

Hogback Community College                                            

SPANISH THROUGH STORIES: Intermediate Level (Fall, 2013)

 

"It was fantastic!! Chris was a great teacher. What I loved the most about this class was that Chris brought the issue of the migrant farm workers in our community into all of our lives.  We are hoping to work with the workers now—to keep up our Spanish and help them learn English."

—participant in Hogback Community College Spanish Through Stories, Summer 2013

In the intermediate level of Spanish Through Stories, students will continue to use the Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) method of using stories and storytelling to learn Spanish. This engaging method helps to build vocabulary and grammatical structures in a way that mirrors natural language acquisition. Students will interact with more complex structures and verb tenses that will build upon completion of the first offering of Spanish Through Stories or augment a solid understanding of Spanish. Furthermore, there will be a greater focus on producing the language in written form and in small group discussions.

Students can expect a varied combination of reading, writing and speaking activities which will provide ample opportunity to reflect, practice and produce. There will be supplemental online learning material and activities to deepen the biweekly lessons using a "flipped classroom" model.


Like the summer 2013 offering of Spanish Through Stories, part of the fall course will couple stories about migrant Mexican farm workers with special guest visits by locally employed Mexican farm workers. Additionally, there will be a field trip to a local farm to meet the farmers and farm workers. This will be a different farm than the one we visited this summer.

Lastly, students will have the opportunity to create an individual or small group project that combines Spanish and knowledge of the migrant workers. Additional opportunities to get involved with this population will be available for interested participants.  

About the Instructor

Chris Urban is a grade 7-12 Spanish teacher at Harwood Union High School. For three years he worked for the Vermont Migrant Education Program as an English teacher for migrant Mexican farm workers in Addison County (pictured here with his former student and Vermont migrant worker Pablo Contreras in his hometown of Atlixtac, Guerrero, in southern Mexico.) Chris is the co-creator of the Golden Cage Project exhibit and website, www.goldencageproject.org, which promotes understanding of the lives of Mexican migrant workers on Vermont’s dairy farms.

Course Details

The Intermediate level Spanish Through Stories course will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm, September 17, 24, 26, and October 1, 3, 8, 10.

All classes will be at Howden Hall in Bristol, except a TBA field trip to a farm.

Minimum/maximum student enrollment:

Minimum: 6    Maximum: 15

Fee: $160 for the course

Credit hours*: 1 credit hour (16 hours of instruction)

*While our courses offer the structure and content of college courses, we are not seeking accreditation for Hogback Community College, nor do we currently offer credits for transfer to other educational institutions. Many teachers have taken Hogback Community College courses as part of their Professional Development requirements.

 

How to Apply: Download a registration form here. On it you’ll find detailed information about the registration process, including fees, cancellation policies, directions to course meeting sites, etc.  Please complete the registration form and mail with payment to VERMONT FAMILY FORESTS to the address indicated on the form. We will hold your payment until we reach the minimum number of students required for offering the course. If we have already reached the course’s maximum student capacity by the time you submit your registration, we will place you on a waiting list.