However, I think it's so important for my students' parents to see what I do and why. I did not do BTS night last year since I was so very injured and on medical leave, and the first year...well, I didn't really know yet what I was going to do. (I cringe to think about it now!) This was my first time trying this and I am sure I will keep it.
My goals were this:
- short demo in the target language
- brief biography
- answer to "how you can help your child at home"
I prepped a poster with these structures:
éste es (ésta es) -this is
una mujer- a woman
sí- yes no no
I also prepped a couple of stuffed animal cognates (dragón, unicornio). I told parents that instead of talking about what class is like I would just do it, and all they needed to do was answer yes (pause and point) and no.
I demoed for about one minute, going slow, using parents and the stuffed animals to compare and contrast. Then I asked them if they understood everything, and explained that in my class, their students understand everything too.
Then, I did my big grammar talk:
1) I asked parents who had taken two or more years of language to stand.
2) I asked them to remain standing if they studied grammar (conjugation tables, etc).
3) I asked them to remain standing if they were functional in that language now.
(One or two were left.)
|Reenactment of "Grammar Talk"- no one is standing.|
This year went incredibly well and parents were pleased and surprised. I got applause at the end!