El mundo de Sra. Brown

Live your language learning!

Tú eres mi otro yo

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One of the challenges of setting a foreign language class into motion is lowering student’s anxiety about communicating imperfectly. Studies have shown that the dynamics of a class can drastically affect how much a given student is willing to speak. During the first week of class I have students memorize “Tú eres mi otro yo,” the Mayan golden rule in Spanish. It translates to “you are my other self.” This helps them to identify with each other, create community and gain the courage to make constructive classroom mistakes in front of their peers. This year, students recorded the saying in meaningful places around our school.

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