Profe. Licklider (she/her)

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- Bachelor of Arts in History from Truman State University - K-12 World Languages (Spanish) Teaching Certification from University of Missouri St. Louis

Profe. Licklider (she/her)

¡Hola alumnos y familia! I am Profesora Licklider, the middle school Spanish teacher at McKinley Classical Leadership Academy. I teach Spanish ONE and Spanish TWO. My approach to foreign language class focuses on acquiring the language. When acquiring another language first we LISTEN, then we READ what we have heard, then we WRITE what we have heard and read, and last we SPEAK because we have heard, read, and written it. Please take a look at the resources below to learn more about language acquisition and its benefits, and feel free to email me with any questions you have.

https://www.actfl.org/advocacy/what-the-research-shows (benefits of acquiring a second language)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOgY9Q1xvo (Watch from 3:35-5:20. See what you can acquire about acquisition)

https://www.sk.com.br/sk-krash-english.html (More on language acquisition...in English. Watch the video to get a feel for what "Spanish Zone" is like in our class.)



  • My Relationship with Spanish

    I want to tell you a little bit about my relationship with Spanish. Ever since I was a kid I loved hearing other languages. I enjoy puzzles, and learning a language is just figuring out a word puzzle.

    In high school I studied Latin, the language that Spanish comes from. Then I studied History in college and minored in Spanish. I did not take a Spanish class until I was 18 years old, so it is not too late to acquire another language! I studied abroad in Costa Rica and still talk with my host family there. Later I would teach English in an elementary school in Galicia, Spain. I made many dear friends there and on my other travels. 

    I teach Spanish because I love sharing what I have learned about other cultures, especially their foods and plants. When you speak another language, you can learn so much more and meet so many interesting people that you could not otherwise. I want to help others build a relationship with Spanish too!



  • Spanish Library Project

    Spanish Books

    ¡Hola! Please consider contributing to our Scholastic Campaign to build our classroom library. https://shop.scholastic.com/viewCampaign?campaignId=9eab6d76-f340-4841-9a74-eb5ccf026b22

    Our Spanish classroom is proficiency bases, so students are immersed in the Spanish language. Proficiency based classrooms recognize that it takes a flood of input (listening and reading) before there can be a trickle of output (writing and speaking). I give my students as many opportunities as possible to hear the language, but am currently limited in my reading offerings.

    Reading in the target language builds confidence for language learners. Students are able to have more autonomy in their acquisition when they read. They choose the book based on their interests. They interpret meaning of new words through the context of pictures and known words. Reading also lowers effective filters because students can re-read a passage multiple times to understand the meaning. Basically reading is the bomb!

    The books that I receive will be used to fill our rather empty classroom library. Students will engage in free choice reading to develop recreational Spanish reading habits. The idea is that free choice reading time will be made into a treat for students with flexible seating, snacks, and beverages to make reading special. Books will also be highlighted in Readers Workshop and Story Time where students can develop academic reading skills to enhance their language understanding.

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