Ecela is the Spanish school where we have been taking Spanish classes for the past two weeks. Here, I expanded my Spanish skills and really got to see how ELL students feel while in the classroom. Eventhough it was great to learn more Spanish, it was frustrating being in the school when everyone else could speak Spanish. I connected this to ELL students because they are in that situation everyday. While everyone else around them is speaking English, it's frustrating and difficult to have to translate everything in your head before you say it. I found myself doing this often throughout the day, and I finally could put myself in an ELL's students shoes. Everyone there was very supportive though, and they helped us along the way with our language development.
The teachers at Ecela were nothing short of amazing. All of the teachers I had were very unique and they put their own spin on teaching. I was always engaged in the classroom and they were very patient when it came to my Spanish skills. From start to finish, I knew that I was learning and I could feel my Spanish improving. The two weeks flew by in the classroom, and it was really sad to say goodbye to all of the teachers and our new friends last Friday. At the school we did not only learn Spanish, but we went on different excursions. We went to the Andes, went horseback riding, had dance lessons, and just went out to talk and get to know each other better. Here, we made friends from all over the world and got to practice our Spanish with one another. I made so many friends from this school, and even more memories that I will cherish forever.
Tonight I have spanglish at a local restaurant that is close to Ecela. Here I will speak to someone in English and they will talk back to me in Spanish. This is a perfect chance for everyone to practice their new language.
I am sad to say goodbye to such an incredible school. I will always remember the teachers, lessons, and new friends. Most importantly though, I will remember what it felt like to learn a new language, and to be patient with my students when the time comes. Thanks for the memories!!