Comments: No Habla Espanol

Maybe it's a grammar thing, if you are good at grammar in English, it's easier to teach in another language. I know my Indonesian teacher at highschool despaired at our lack of grammar knowledge, as it made her job that much harder.

Posted by Amanda at March 10, 2009 11:36 PM

If that's the case I should speak excellent Spanish! I am so impressed with how much you know about your kids, how involved you are in their schooling and how much you fight for them. I hope to know so much when my kids are in school (which it seems will never happen some days).

Posted by Jody at March 11, 2009 06:00 AM

One more thing, so NOT having to do with Spanish...

Rosetta Stone is offering their Irish language software for one week beginning the 12th. I know, I know, you're Scot. But the Gealic isn't that different... Thought TGOO might be into that...

Posted by Jody at March 11, 2009 06:02 AM

Maybe schools should feature Rosetta ENGLISH for our own home-grown English-speakers who don't understand their own language!!

Posted by ShyAsrai at March 11, 2009 12:03 PM

Good for you!!! I realize this is a High School class - therefore not as intensive as a 16 week college level class... still, the fact that he does well in an ENGLISH class means nothing at all about other languages. What in the world is wrong with those people???

I know there are some kids who just "get it" they adopt languages very easily. Your son (from what you said above) is not one of those types. And you're right - he'd be drowning in the honors 2 class.

For that matter, I did a semester of French at the local Community College. It was a fun class and I enjoyed it, got an A. I went to the University class for French 2 and had to drop out - it was just way far above what I had time for and was capable of learning. I would've had to do nothing but study French just to pass the class... since Computer Science was my major - this was not an option. Heh. Am I stupid? Not really. I'm just a slow learner of language.

Posted by Teresa at March 11, 2009 01:18 PM

Oh wow - that's really weird... Though now maybe he will actually learn more than his colors! ;)

Posted by Richmond at March 11, 2009 03:42 PM

A friend always wanted to learn French. When she finally signed up for a class in it (as an adult) she discovered that she didn't know English well enough to learn French. So I suspect that they may know what they're doing.

Posted by Carl Brannen at March 11, 2009 04:23 PM

I can feel for you. I am one of the ones who learns written foreign languages very easily. I just cannot speak them well. I was stuck in one of those honors classes back in school and got straight A's across the board in the grade book. I got to college and they gave a test and I qualified for second semester, 3rd year French based on 2 years of high school French. The problem was that the class was to be all conversational. I would not have understood a word they said. I knew the written but knew nothing of the spoken. To this day I can pick up a French newspaper or book and pretty much understand what it says and I have not done that in years. One of my staff had a French newspaper and noticed that I was reading it on his desk while he was on the phone a few years back so I know I still got it. However, it is useless without the speaking part being up to snuff.

BTW the French teacher asked me to join the class because I was so good in spelling and English. She thought I would be good at French. I was at written, just not at speaking.

Posted by dick at March 11, 2009 07:22 PM

I have the sickening feeling that the placement was about demographics, rather than a feeling that they thought he'd do well there.

Posted by Nancy at March 12, 2009 02:16 PM

They started doing that about the same time we had to start pushing 1 for English........

btw - can he come tutor me? I'm SO in the minority right now...

Posted by Tammi at March 12, 2009 08:02 PM