When I first took Spanish in middle school I struggled greatly with language acquisition and was eventually pushed out of the world languages
program. When I eventually had to take Spanish again I had flashbacks of struggling through hours of conjugation tables and memorizing vocabulary lists.
When my middle school Spanish teacher told me I was not smart enough to learn Spanish she was wrong, I just wasn’t about to learn it her way.
My high school Spanish class was based on a TPRS (Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling) language acquisition program that changed the way I thought about language. The second language came easily to me through silly games and telling stories. I in fact grew to love Spanish so much that I eventually majored in it at the University of Oregon, and went to become a Spanish teacher myself.
I am currently attending BVU to get my masters in Spanish Language Acquisition and learning that what I had experienced and felt first hand (that the old school way of teaching Spanish was ineffective, and that language could be accessible to all) is true.
Graduate, Tamalpais High School