Classroom Expectations

The first few weeks of school we will discuss and practice our classroom rules and strategies for learning Spanish. CHAMPS, a system for setting classroom expectations will also be implemented. 

The CHAMPS acronym stands for...

Conversation: Can students talk to each other during this activity?

Help: How do students get the teacher’s attention and their questions answered?

Activity: What is the task/objective? What is the end product?

Movement: Can students move about during this activity?

Participation: How do students show they are fully participating? What does work behavior look/sound like?

Success: When students meet CHAMPS expectations, they will be successful!

Classroom Rules

Use kind words and actions.

Listen when someone is speaking.

Follow directions the first time.

Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

Take care of supplies and materials.

Strategies for Learning Spanish through Active Listening

How do we learn languages?


1. We listen to something (or read it)

2. We understand the “gist” through context clues

3. Our brain then does the work to turn it into language we can use later


Listening is crucial for comprehension.

*Greeting song helps prepare us for listening in Spanish

1. Listen for the gist. (Don’t worry about understanding every word)

2. Observe mouths.

3. Understand the non-verbal communication.

  • eye contact
  • facial expressions
  • gestures/posture
  • use of objects and body language

4. Concentrate on sounds- what is familiar, what is new?

5. Use logic to guess what will happen next.

6. Repeat words.

7. Ask and answer questions.