¡Hola! My name is Montse Rich (AKA Señora Rich) and I am originally from Spain. This is my sixteenth year teaching Spanish in West Hartford and my eighth year at Charter Oak. Before becoming a teacher through the State’s Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) and getting my Sixth Year degree in Educational Leadership at UCONN, I worked in the corporate world for 13 years. It was during that time that I earned my bachelor’s in International Business at CCSU and my MBA at UCONN. When I am not busy at school, I love to spend time with my family traveling or watching soccer.
Phone: 860-233-8506 ext. 2963
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¡Bienvenidos a la página Web de la Sra. Rich! COIA’s Pre-K through 5th grade World Language Program is designed to enhance students’ communicative skills in the Spanish language, while fostering knowledge and understanding of other cultures and disciplines.
Our students learn the fundamentals of second language learning through an array of topics and themes that include, among others, greetings, calendar, likes and dislikes, weather, animals, body parts, school-related vocabulary, clothing, numbers, time, family, sports and pastimes, travel and Spanish holidays. Although the knowledge and skills acquired during the first three years of our program are very basic in nature, the level of difficulty and depth progresses within the subsequent four years. Through a spiral curriculum, students learn, recycle and expand knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical structures from year to year. At the same time, they develop four fundamental communicative skills in the second language. These skills are listening, speaking, reading and writing. While the former two skills are stressed for the duration of the whole program, the latter two gain importance in grades 3rd through 5th.
Since the learning of a second language enriches personal development and it contributes to international mindedness, Spanish plays a very important role within COIA’s International Baccalaureate Program. Through the transdisciplinary units, students acquire communicative skills in Spanish while learning math, science and social studies. To that end, there are connections being made with each grade level curriculum such as: politeness words and expressing feelings in Pre-K and Kindergarten, Kenyan animals in first grade, types of communities in second grade, currency types and values in third grade, ecosystems in fourth grade and Spanish-speaking countries in fifth grade, to name a few.
An essential part of teaching and learning a language is being able to measure how well students are acquiring those communicative skills. For that purpose, there are a number of age-appropriate assessments that are implemented throughout the year and the year’s end. These assessments, which vary from grade to grade, include all types of speaking, listening, writing and reading activities, including student-to-student dialogues, teacher-student questions and answers, skits, charades, projects, worksheets, songs and rhymes, games, quizzes, and presentations.
Our Spanish program not only helps our students’ communicative skills in a second language, but it also helps them understand and respect the multiple cultures and languages that exist within our West Hartford community and worldwide. Furthermore, it helps them reinforce the language of other subject areas. Last but not least, it provides a good foundation for their future learning.