About me....

Dear Parents and Students,

My name is Andrea Coulson, and I’m delighted to be teaching Spanish to your son or daughter. I want to introduce myself and let you know my curriculum plans, the methodology I will use and my expectations.

I was born in Argentina and raised in Buenos Aires where I attended the Instituto Nacional de Maestras en Lenguas Vivas in a completely bilingual system from Pre-K through 12th grade. I continued my studies in linguistics with a degree in Bilingual Education. I attended California State University in Long Beach to continue my studies in Linguistics and Language Acquisition. I am a certified teacher in the State of California. My experience includes ESL Instructor at Santa Ana College, Spanish and ESL/TOEFL/SAT instructor at IEDU/AOI College at UCI campus, Spanish teacher at Newport Mesa Unified School District and I am currently teaching for the Irvine Public School Foundation. I also tutor K-12 students and adults. I currently teach Spanish at St Juliana Falconieri Catholic School, Holy Family Cathedral School, and Lycee International of Los Angeles. (International School of Los Angeles). I also teach at Orange Lutheran High School where I teach Spanish online.

My goal is to teach your child Spanish in a fun and practical way. I want your child to feel confident about their new language and therefore focus on building their self esteem and their willingness to use new vocabulary. When learning a second language, there is a “silent” period in which students acquire a language. The hardest part of language acquisition is output. Students will begin to reproduce the language when they are ready. Classes are taught mostly in Spanish and vocabulary is conveyed through images, real objects and mimicry. The goal is to have all communication be 100% comprehensible. Structure to the vocabulary is provided through explanations allowing for internalization of rules in a natural way, as happens during first language acquisition. We do this by reading and by creating interesting, fun and at times, unexpected stories about ourselves, imaginary characters and our friends. While being able to communicate in Spanish is a top priority, it is also important to understand different cultures. Whether it is for future work prospects, travel or fun, learning about the different Hispanic cultures is an integral part of the class.

I will give students homework that sometimes will consist of worksheets, retelling the story we told in class and/or make up their own story using vocabulary we have learned. Homework might also include short readings. Homework will be posted online. Please encourage your child to read and study Spanish on a regular basis.

Please be sure that your child comes prepared to learn Spanish with the book or e-book, a notebook, pen or pencil and the desire to learn to speak and understand Spanish. This will be part of their grade. Participation will count as 40% of the grade, 30% homework completion and 30% tests/quizzes/projects.

The rules of the class and student contract are attached. Please make sure your child returns the signed contract to class as soon as possible. Throughout the year if you have any questions, please email me at the school email or my private email or leave me a message with the room teacher or at the front office, and I will be happy to contact you as soon as possible.

Señora Andrea Coulson