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Mi casa es su casa

Whether it’s a house or an apartment, we all live somewhere. And this term, Ms Furlong Alexanderson’s Year 8 Spanish students have mastered the vocabulary to describe where they live.

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This term, Year 8 have been busy perfecting their Spanish conversation skills, learning how to make grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs for ‘habitaciones y partes de la casa’, as well as learning different adjectives to describe the rooms or areas within their home.

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They made so much progress that at the end of the unit, Ms Furlong Alexanderson started a cultural discussion with them about the visible disparities of wealth, which can be seen in many Latin countries through the different types of housing people live in. This led to a much wider discussion about socioeconomic status and prompted them to think about concepts such as values, tolerance and unity – all of which are very relevant topics in today’s global society.

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The students then made cardboard houses to represent the different types of houses in these small towns across the world and wrote a short description in Spanish of their model house.

Ms Furlong Alexanderson then grouped all the different houses together to make a globally diverse city.

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Fostering global awareness in our classrooms is so beneficial to our students. And this lesson was a great way of encouraging our students to see things from different perspectives and think about how other people experience the world. By guiding them through this process of discovery in a fun and innovative way, Ms Furlong Alexanderson also helped our Year 8 students to develop a deeper understanding of their own place in the world.

Bien hecho Ms Furlong Alexanderson and Year 8!

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