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ERIC Number: EJ1091153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Learning Languages: Any Place, Any Time
Day, Allyson
Learning Languages, v19 n1 p16-18 Win 2014
The job description for a homeschool Spanish teacher has many of the requirements one would expect. The candidate must be fluent in Spanish, love working with children, be willing to work with all kinds of learners, communicate well with parents and students, and have great enthusiasm for teaching. The Home School Assistance Program (HSAP) classes in the West Des Moines Community School District are very elementary heavy, so hiring a Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) teacher met the developmental needs of the majority of the students. There are, however, junior high and high school students that want to learn Spanish too. Since the program is classified as "enrichment," there is flexibility in the level taught according to certification requirements and subsequent hiring of teachers. A homeschool teacher must possess very specific qualities to ensure a successful program. First and foremost, the teacher must be open-minded to different educational approaches, such as homeschooling. The educational culture of homeschool families can be very different than that of the traditional school community. Teachers must also be open-minded to and respectful of differing belief systems. Many families that homeschool have strong beliefs in some aspect of life, which can be apparent through the words and actions of their children. The homeschool teacher must be able to accept all students as they come and must also be able to work with all grade levels, some of them being grouped together. Allyson Day has been teaching in the West Des Moines Community School District for 21 years, 16 of them as an elementary Spanish program teacher. Here Day describes what it is like to teach in this program, funding, other challenges, and why this program is successful and has nearly doubled in size over a few short years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa
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