2011 Teacher Winner
School: Centennial Place Elementary, Spanish
Project: Theater and Folklore in Spain
The main goal of this project is to implement an approach to language teaching called Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). One of the components of CLT is Theater Arts, which will be the focus for this award. Having already implemented this approach, Mrs. Corrales has assessed its impact in student achievement and self-esteem through the performance of different plays. The students’ motivation for learning the language increases when they can express themselves through another character, and they learn literature, geography, and different ways of acting. They also become less intimidated to speak in public, are able to immerse in dialogues, increase their proficiency levels (speaking, reading, writing and listening), and enjoy learning.