During Mr. Licata’s class of Foreign Language, the learning objectives were to learn basic Spanish and explore the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. We were required to complete an online course, Edgenuity, by the end of the semester. The online course improved our reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills by using visual and auditory instructions and writing assignments. These skills are valuable to my future because Spanish is commonly spoken in California and knowing it would improve my communication with Spanish speakers living in my surrounding area.
With the Spanish Edgenuity Course, I practiced the learning objective of Interpretive Communication by understanding, interpreting, and analyzing what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics. I also practiced the learning objective of Cultural Practices to Perspectives by using the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. That reflects back to the learning objectives of this course because we were required to know or improve in those things by the end of the semester.
To succeed in this class, I ensured to take notes that would help me remember everything the instructor talked about. It was important to always stay on track with my lessons because falling behind on your work can significantly drop your grade and makes it very challenging to pick yourself back up. Throughout this process listed above, I have realized that I have dramatically improved my Spanish skills. I’ve noticed that I can sometimes tell what a conversation between my friends is about just with the basic amount of skills I’ve picked up during this first semester.
In conclusion, I didn’t think I would learn as much as I did in just one semester. I’ve learned a lot about the language itself and the cultures tied to the people who speak Spanish. One thing I would like to improve upon my next semester’s Spanish Class is to study more at home rather than just take notes and hope to remember them. I want to eventually become fluent in Spanish and I need to put most of my effort into achieving that. Overall, I believe that I did well in this course and will continue to do so.