FAQs

Please see the list below for a selection of the most frequently asked questions about the Juan y Rosa learning method. Can’t find the answer to your question? Contact us and we will be happy to help you!

This page provides the answers to the following questions:

  • From what age can pupils work with the Juan y Rosa method?
  • Can the pupil work independently with the learning method for Spanish?
  • Is the method suitable for use in a traditional classroom setting?
  • Is it necessary for the teacher/supervisor to be proficient in Spanish in order to support the Juan y Rosa method?
  • Where can I find a Spanish-speaking person willing to support the children?
  • Why doesn’t the textbook contain translations of all the words used in the workbook?
  • Are the lyrics also available for the songs on the CD?
  • Can I give pupils in early Key Stage 2 a weekly target? They are still very playful and can’t concentrate for very long.
  • Which level will pupils ultimately attain at the end of this method for learning Spanish?
  • How can our primary school best implement this learning method?
  • Can an information session be organised in my region?
  • Is the Juan y Rosa method eligible for subsidy?
  • How can I order extra material that is recommended as part of the learning method? 

 

From what age can pupils work with the Juan y Rosa method?

Answer: Part 0, “Soy Don Toro”, is suitable for children from around the age of 6, or younger if they already have a basic level of proficiency in reading and writing (Key Stage 1).

Juan y Rosa Part 1 is suitable for children in Key Stage 2 or as the follow-on to “Soy Don Toro”. We advise that pupils in the first half of Key Stage 2 spend two hours a week working on Juan y Rosa Part 1, in which case it will take them approximately two years to complete it. We advise that pupils starting with this method for learning Spanish in the second half of Key Stage 2 spend two to three hours a week on it, in which case Part 1 will take them one year to complete and Part 2 will take 1.5 years. In other words, if pupils start working with the Juan y Rosa method in early Key Stage 2 they can spend four years learning Spanish.

Can the pupil work independently with the learning method for Spanish?

Answer: Yes, the learning method offers pupils opportunities for self-study. Thanks to the manual written especially for the pupils and the clear structure and layout of the learning materials, talented or gifted pupils can work independently to learn Spanish. This teaching method stimulates the pupil to take responsibility for his own learning.

The supervisor coaches and motivates the pupil throughout the learning process, helping him to gain insight into the various learning strategies and encouraging him to shoulder responsibility for his own learning process.

Is the method suitable for use in a traditional classroom setting?

Answer: The method can also be used in a traditional classroom setting. Various schools have already added this method to their curriculum and use it in a traditional classroom setting. If you would like us to put you in touch with such schools, please contact us.

Is it necessary for the teacher/supervisor to be proficient in Spanish in order to support the Juan y Rosa method?

Answer: We have designed this learning method based on the assumption that most primary schools do not have a Spanish teacher on their team. Therefore, the teacher (or supervisor) does not need to be proficient in Spanish. However, we advise schools to arrange for a Spanish-speaking person to come into the learning sessions at least once a month. This is very effective in stimulating the children. We have found that many teachers end up learning Spanish along with the pupils.

Where can I find a Spanish-speaking person willing to support the children?

Answer: There are usually plenty of opportunities. After all, Spanish is a world language and there are many Spanish-speaking people in the UK. A number of tips include: ask around in your network of friends and acquaintances, contact local colleges or universities where Spanish is taught, place a classified ad in the local media or contact us for more ideas..

Why doesn’t the textbook contain translations of all the words used in the workbook?

Answer: This learning method has been developed with the gifted child in mind as the primary target group. Gifted children are typically inquisitive by nature. Encouraging them to look up missing words elsewhere (e.g. internet, dictionary, etc.) helps the pupil to ‘learn to learn’. This stimulates pupils to seek out more information about the Spanish language.

Are the lyrics also available for the songs on the CD?

Answer: The lyrics to most of the songs and other listening exercises can be found in the book of solutions. If you require lyrics to other songs, please send us an email via juanyrosa.espanja@gmail.com.

Can I give pupils in early Key Stage 2 a weekly target? They are still very playful and can’t concentrate for very long.

Answer: Yes, based on the overview in the workbook you can ask pupils to complete 2 exercises each time. Don’t give them too much to do, explain the exercises clearly and allow them some time to use as they see fit. They should be allowed time to play the domino game and/or to play games with the lists of vocabulary or to act out scenes themselves, possibly as part of the weekly target. Pupils should not work independently on learning Spanish for more than half an hour at a time.

Which level will pupils ultimately attain at the end of this method for learning Spanish?

Answer: This learning method has been designed with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in mind. The pupils will have attained level A1 of the CEFR by the end of Part 1 of the method and level A2 by the end of Part 2. Please note that the programme has been developed with an open vision in terms of the ultimate proficiency level. In other words, gifted pupils are encouraged to be proactive in terms of looking up more words, sending emails to new friends, etc. This also puts level B1 within their reach.

How can our primary school best implement this learning method?

Answer: Please send an email to Juan y Rosa [juanyrosa.espanja@gmail.com] to ask for references of schools that have already implemented this learning method for Spanish.

Can an information session be organised in my region?

Answer: If you are interested in arranging an information session, please get in touch using the contact form. The author can set up an interview via Skype, for example, giving you and your colleagues the opportunity to ask questions in an interactive setting. This is free of charge and without obligation.

Is the Juan y Rosa method eligible for subsidy?

Answer: The newsletter keeps you up to date about developments relating to any subsidies that may be available from the European Commission.

How can I order extra material that is recommended as part of the learning method?

Answer: You can order extra material via:

  • Spanish website of Difusión.
    You can also register for “1 minuto con difusión”. You will then receive regular emails containing ideas and tips for Spanish lessons. Please note: all the information is in Spanish.
  • the Mary Glasgow website: subscribe to the Spanish-language magazines ¿Qué tal? (for level A1) or Ahora (for level A2).