Every pupil requires individual attention. Ideally a small group-based solution is preferred over a single-pupil approach. A group of 2 to 4 pupils offer continued encouragement in the learning process and the children can benefit from one another’s support. Learning a new language can be a good solution for groups of primary school pupils with an above-average level of language development. Learning a language together is more stimulating than alone, and other pupils are required to hold conversations and act out scenes in drama exercises.
You can start with Part 0 “Soy Don Toro” in the autumn of Key Stage 1, and Part 1 “Juan y Rosa están de vacaciones” is suitable from the start of Key Stage 2.
When implementing this learning method at your school, it is important to bear the following points in mind:
- Each part of the Juan y Rosa method for learning Spanish contains teaching materials for approx. 1.5 to 2 years of learning. You can implement Part 1 at the start of Key Stage 2. You can then make a start on Part 2 in the second half of Key Stage 2. After four years of learning Spanish with Juan y Rosa, the pupil's proficiency will exceed that of level 2A of the CEFR.
- Give pupils the opportunity to learn at their own level and pace. The main role of the teacher or supervisor is to support each pupil in their individual learning process. Therefore, the ability to provide guidance is more important than the teacher’s proficiency in Spanish.
- You can also start with Part 0, “Soy Don Toro”, in Key Stage 1.This helps you to get to know your pupils better and for them to learn more about themselves too and about their attitude of learning, before moving on to learning the basics of Spanish with Part 1 in Key Stage 2. The “Soy Don Toro” part combines the importance of conversation and discussion of the topics with the fun of learning new words and Spanish songs. Encourage pupils to interact, dance and perform the actions to songs to optimally stimulate their learning process.
- Ensure that pupils have access to a computer – either alone or in pairs – so that they can work on exercises, search for new words and information, and watch the presentation (Part 0) or listen to the CDs (Parts 1 and 2).
- Based on an average speed of learning, the following guidelines apply in terms of study load for small groups of 2 to 4 pupils:
- Key Stage 1: 30 minutes of group work per week for the discussions + two 15-minute blocks of self-study;
- Key Stage 2 (first half): 15 minutes of conversation and instruction per week + three 30-minute blocks of self-study;
- Key Stage 2 (second half): 10 minutes of conversation and instruction per week + four 40-minute blocks of self-study.