About the Teacher
Phone: 508 430 7200 ext 5803
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in Spanish from Hartwick College, M.A. in Teaching Spanish from SUNY at Albany. Certified in Spanish 5-12
Elizabeth Simmons - Spanish
World Languages Spanish I,II, III
I have lived most of my life on Cape Cod and began teaching in 1988. I enjoy learning about cultures and history and have taken students to Europe and enjoy seeing them get excited about putting their language skills in action. During college, I spent a semester in Spain and was fortunate to travel to several countries and I encourage students to do the same. This summer, once again I decided that I needed to get to know the United States better, so I went on a historical trip to New York and Vermont. I saw Roosevelt's home, the battlefield at Saratoga, Fort Ticonderoga and the Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont. I feel like am getting to know my own country better and what it means to be American. During my free time I like to read at the beach and bike on the rail trail.
Over the summer I studied a different teaching and learning model. It is a more natural approach that is based on Dr. Stephen Krashen's Input Hypothesis Theory. It uses reading and storytelling methods developed by Blaine Rey and the work of Dr. James Ascher. It is about authentic communication using high frequency vocabulary instead of isolated vocabulary words.
The focus is on mastery of the four language skills, reading and listening comprehension first, followed by writing and speaking. Homework will be assigned and it may be reading a story with comprehension questions in English and Spanish. Sometimes it may be drawing or writing a translation. Students in level 1 will be reading a short story by the end of the first week. See the syllabus links below.
I want to encourage our students to be curious about different cultures and open to learning a second language.