This InstaGrant allows Spanish classrooms to explore proficiency-based curriculum through the use of free voluntary reading and book clubs. Students will read for their own enjoyment, at their own level and without judgment or assessment. Data suggests that this practice supports language acquisition and builds student confidence as they finish books in Spanish. It also supports metacognition as students start to notice how they read, how they can improve, and what they can do with the language after reading. Book clubs provide a similar learning experience and conversation starters for class.
Isabel Irizarry, Spanish Teacher, Horace Greeley High School