Thursday, October 28, 2010

Manuel Ríos Bonilla, Spanish Assistant for 2010-2011

Ashton Long

Ashton Long, student of both Spanish and French, introduces our Spanish Assistant for the year 2010-2011, Manuel Ríos Bonilla. Our French and Spanish assistants aid students in special labs designed to reinforce and develop language and content skills from their major courses. They are an important part of our program and we are fortunate to have native speakers to work with our students.

Manuel and students in Spanish labs
                  Manuel Ríos Bonilla is the Spanish lab assistant from Spain. He assists with all levels of classes from beginning Spanish to advanced Spanish. He aids the students by reinforcing lessons learned in class, providing review when necessary, and teaching about the traditions and customs of his native country of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. He accomplishes these goals through worksheets, speaking activities, partner activities, games and occasional short lectures. Most of the work is done through student participation with a lesser emphasis on lecture than in an ordinary class. Under his direction, the students participate in speaking activities or partner work to strengthen speaking skills. Manuel will also often explain at least one or two short grammar concepts that relate to what the students are either learning in class, or will need to know in order to be successful in class in general. Worksheets and/or speaking activities will follow in order to help reinforce the grammar concepts reviewed in class. Manuel will often use games, worksheets or simply short lectures with open student discussion to explain aspects of culture or tradition.

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