Mr. Rodney English

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Mr. Rodney English

Bienvenue - Wilkommen - Welcome! My Email: englishr@casdschools.org

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I am Rodney English, or Rodrigue Anglais in French, Roderick Englisch in German and Rodrigo Inglese as some know me, and I will be your child's French this year or previously Spanish or German Teacher. I'm excited to share my language and culture with you and your child, in order to enrich our experience and world view, and to be an integral part of helping young people reach their goals in languages and in life. The most important thing to realize is that French and German have large benefits for everyone's life, no matter what his or her goals. French and German will enhance any and every career, life plan, educational plan, opportunity, trip, and social interaction that you may have. More importantly, French and German will create more of these and improve their quality.

French and German not only my DNA but also my life's work: I hold an MA and a BS in Spanish and Secondary Education. I lived in the French, German, and Spanish-speaking world for many years, working, studying, and traveling.

Additionally, I grew up in a French-speaking town, am certified in French, and have taught it. During my employment at the Language Center at the Volkswagen Plant in Mexico, and living in Colonia Humboldt, I learned German and later was certified in it as well.

Courses I teach: French I, II, III, IV, Honors IV, and previously Spanish and German II:

A bit about me:

Your French Teacher: Monsieur Rodrigue Anglais (Rodney English)

29 years total teaching experience

Education: Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science

About: French with Foreign Service Institute; Certification in French; grew up in French-speaking town; lived in Quebec City for four summers; recently in Paris, France; taught French at three high schools.

Certifications: French, German and Spanish

Hobbies: exercise, family, travel, pets, leisure, learning languages, reading, hiking, sport, accounting

 

Previously: Your German Teacher: Herr Roderick Englisch (Rodney English)

About: German with Foreign Service Institute and at Volkswagen Language Center; Certification in German; worked in VW Language Center for two and a half years; lived in German-speaking Humboldt neighborhood for four years.

It's best to contact me by email: englishr@casdschools.org; later phone number will be set up.

French Textbook Levels I to III: C'est à Toi,Levels 1 to 3. French IV: French Three Years and several works of literature. French Honors IV: same as French IV, including AP French Training (Barron's).

German Textbook Level II: Deutsch Actuell, Chapters 5 to 12.

Structure and Design: Student-centered Classroom, Cooperative Learning Teams, Literacy-focused and Collaborative, Communicative

Sub-design: Vocabulary Acquisition, Grammar Mastery and Communicative Performance Objectives, Cultural Fluency

Daily Flashcard Policy:

Students are asked to make ten vocabulary flashcards per day, and to study them in the first five minutes of class. 

These flashcards are based on French/German content, and are directly related to students' success. 

Flashcards are: on the front – English meaning with any notes (for example, masculine, feminine, neuter, singular, plural, case [German only], how to use it, etc.). On the back – French or German term or phrase (with any notes). 

Keep them in an envelope, pocket, pouch, or any container that you'd like, or I'll provide an envelope. Label with the unit and date that they were made. For example, Unité 1 on 8-28-17; or Kapitel 1 on 8-28-17. 

Have the flashcards daily in class for games and for mini-assessments/quizzes.

Cards – Grammar or Vocabulary: 

1.      Grammar cards – rule with example

2.      Vocabulary cards (in contexts or examples)

3.      Question/Answer cards: in target language or in English

4.      Quiz style – question above, center line as a divider, answer below it. 

Cooperative, Collaborative, and Communicative Strategies to be taught and practiced:

Round Robin, Round Table, Pair Share, Pair Write, Chain Activity (spoken and written), Jigsaw Activities, Covered or Hidden-board Activities, Two Heads/Four Heads Together, Many more... 

CLASS WILL FEATURE: 

*  Websites and Applications for Practice and Mastery Learning

*  Note-taking 

*  Academic Learning Journals:

activities, suggestions, and feedback

writing vocabulary and examples

writing grammar rules and examples

marking the text, sharing, using these resources (sometimes on tests and quizzes) 

*   Quick-writes: Type 1 Writing (getting ideas down)

Discuss: Pair Share

Report out to class and teacher 

*   Type 2 Writing (getting it down correctly):

Accuracy and production of correct answers; development of skills; assessment grade and feedback. 

*   Collaborative student work and presentations of it.

*    Conversation and Dialogue. 

*    Voice Recording (related to language learning only)

*    Games and Competition

*    Presentations/Skits/Plays

*   Tests and Quizzes