Spanish 1 speaking final

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For our speaking and writing they will tell me all about themselves with this mini book!!  The kids have all the culture stuff on the actual exam day so I thought this would be a low stress way to get them to talk about themselves and ask and answer questions! 


The presentations were outstanding!  They were so comfortable telling us all about themselves and the questions from the audience were great!  Having to ask and answer unprepared helped them feel really confident in what they can do at the end of a year of language study! 

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

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  1. Were there certain items they had to include in the presentation? Did the panels each have a specific type of information it needed to have?

    1. My family, my appearance, my personality, my interests! We have printed proficiency descriptors on the wall so they knew they were shooting for Novice High level at least! They had no required info to include because I wanted them to go wild not stick to one formula!

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