Elena Luaces-Dryer – Spanish
My name is Elena Luaces-Dryer. I was born and raised in a multi-cultural family in Germany. My dad is from Spain and my mom from Germany. I have lived and studied in both Germany and Spain. I have also had the opportunity to travel to Asia and South America , including Mexico, Argentina and Chile. I am married and I have two amazing high school –aged children and I love to spend my time with my family riding horses, traveling, camping, skiing, cooking and reading.
In this course, our goal will be to acquire Spanish language. “Acquiring” a language is very different than “learning” a language. Acquiring is something that happens to you instead of something that you make happen. When you learned how to speak your first language, you acquired it naturally by listening to other people speak it around you for a long time; not by studying it. Therefore, almost all of our class time will be spent using Spanish–not using English to talk about Spanish–and the focus will be on listening, reading, speaking and writing. This Spanish course is a Comprehensible Input Spanish course, and we will use methods and strategies that are based on Dr. Stephen Krashen’s Input Hypothesis. In particular, we will use the TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) method of language instruction that was developed by Blaine Ray and based on the work of Dr. James Asher.