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    My name is Pura Gómez and I was born in Guantánamo, Cuba. I graduated from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oriente University in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, and received a Major of Philology. I also graduated from Jaen University in Spain, with a Master degree in Applied Linguistic to the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language and a secondary Master in  Professor of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER)

I'm certified to teach Spanish K-12 from the State of N.J.

Before I became a teacher I was working as a Support Counselor for people with disabilities with CAU, in Elizabeth N.J.

Museologist Specialist at The Historical  Provincial Museum of Guantanamo , Cuba.

Program writer, radio CMKS, Guantánamo, Cuba.

Publications: I was awarded with the Literature Critics Awards, Regino Boti,  in 1989, Guantanamo, Cuba and publish my work Quintin Fernandez, poetry.

I'm a member of the N.J Education Association (NJEA) and the American Counsel on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL).



George Washington School:

5 and 6 grade Monday to Friday 8.15 AM to 3.22 PM



Contact Information: email/

Web page:    

Phone:(908) 352-7664 



Parents and students, you can find useful websites and links posted in this page, that you can use  to improve your proficiency in Spanish Language, develop listening and understanding skills, reading and writing, and improve your communication abilities. Your dedication and persistence is the key to success in the learning of a Foreign Language.


 I follow the curriculum for 5 and 6 grade in the district of Hillside, available in the District web page.





Month of April. Parents be sure you encourage your child to dedicate time to study the Spanish vocabulary at home and come prepare to class.


In Spanish class students need to be prepared for class, come to class unprepared is not good class participation and can affect the final grade.   


   The weeks of 05/1/2019  to 05/30-6 grade will be working in:

Vocabulario de las partes de la casa. Los muebles/ los electrodomesticos 



 5 grade will be working in:

Vocabulario de las partes de la casa                     ____________________________________

Welcome parents and students to a new year of learning. In this page you will find important information about World Language Program in GW school.                                                                                                                        



This course will expose students to various topics related to regions and specific countries where Spanish is spoken. Students will explore both cultural and artistic realms, both traditional and contemporary, of each country. They will discover the richness of Latino/Hispanic identity and Language through the vocabulary, works of art and various cultural and historical events.





Behavior: I expect you as student to behave as such and trust that you understand what is and is not appropriate behavior for a classroom. Most importantly, I expect my students to treat each other, their teachers and their classroom with kindness and respect. I will give you one warning if you are participating in an inappropriate manner, if the behavior continues you will be asked to come for teacher/student conference, so that we can discuss what is considered appropriate behavior in the classroom, and parents will be contacted.



Absences: Students are responsible for finding out what material they missed and coming to see me before or after class to discuss making up any work missed during their absence. Although I endeavor to regularly post assignment information on our class website, students should always check with me before/after class following an absence.



Aquí se habla español: The ultimate goal is for us to have an immersion style experience. In the class you are expected to speak en español at all times.



Bathroom Policy: Please ask permission (at an appropriate time) sign the log. I recommend to wait until the end of the period to ask the teacher to go to the bathroom to avoid to loose instructional time, have in consideration that Spanish class is only once a week.



IMPORTANT: If it is found that you are abusing the policy by wandering the hallways or being where you should not, the teacher will notify the parents and the principal in order to correct the situation, you may lose your bathroom privileges.



Chrome books & Technology in the Classroom: In my web page, you can find information on assignments, important announcements and useful resources on our class website.


Cell Phones & Portable Electronic Devices: Electronic devices may not be on in classrooms. (refer to the Handbook)


Electronic or on-line translators: Language is an art form and literal translations from one language to another usually don’t work. Electronic or on-line translators are not appropriate learning, all work done with a translator will not receive credit. Get a Spanish- English dictionary.



Student/Parent Handbook: Please familiarize yourself with the policies outlined in Handbook (available on line), as school rules will be followed in class. Please pay special attention to: Attendance, Code of Conduct.






Materials: You will need the following materials for class and it is expected that you will bring them to each class meeting.


  •   Notebook
  •   writing implement (pen or pencil)
  •   Folder



Grading Policy:


  •  Exámenes (tests)
  •  Pruebas (quizzes)
  •  Proyectos (projects)
  •  Tareas (homework/classwork)
  •  - Participación (Participation):
  •  Positive daily class participation.
  •  Involvement in class discussions
  •  Calentamientos (warm-ups, do now)
  • Calentamientos: Warm-up exercises (Do now) will get you started thinking in Spanish every day and will count towards your overall participation grade.
  • Calentamientos (Do Now) will be graded on a random basis.
  • Tarea: Homework is due at the beginning of each class. Late work is not accepted.
  • Excused absences: You have one week, plus the number of days absent to turn in tarea.
  • All other circumstances: Late homework due to any other circumstance is not accepted.


Academic Honesty: Students must only take credit for their own work. Cheating on tests or quizzes will result in a zero, as will copying homework assignments. 


Please be careful about copying other's work – if you are not sure how to use a source appropriately, talk to me first!





You should never feel embarrassed or unsure—help is always available when needed! Please make an appointment with me for an extra tutoring session outside of class—before/after school or during X-Block.


Daily Classroom Participation: 


Classroom participation can be a tricky concept; in order to start the year off right and assure that we are all on the same page as to what I expect of you, here are some guidelines: Positive Contributions: Qualities and behaviors that will enhance your learning experience as well as that of others and will therefore result in a good participation grade.


- Arriving on time


- Staying on task, in Spanish


- Pushing yourself when you can (using more advanced tenses, employing new vocabulary, etc…)


- Demonstrating that you are listening to me and your classmates


- Actively participating in all activities: songs, skits, conversations, dances, etc…


Negative Contributions: Qualities and behaviors that detract your learning experience and that of your classmates, therefore resulting in a less-than-desirable participation grade.


- Arriving late to class


- Completing Math, Science, English, etc… assignments in class.  If you finish early, do something en español—the ultimate goal is for us to have an immersion style experience. This experience is jeopardized when you are not fully engaged.


- Being a distraction.





There are many benefits if a child learns Spanish at a young age.






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How can I help my child learn a foreign language?


   Maybe you are planning a holiday in a foreign country or perhaps you have family or friends living abroad and want to learn the language to communicate easily. You may think that because you aren’t fluent in a language you won’t be able to teach your child, however, it isn’t difficult to learn a few of the basics as you go along. Besides, learning about another language and culture together is an excellent way to spend quality time as a family.

Read on for tips on helping your and your child learn another language. Find links to the best language learning resources available today.

How to make learning languages fun.

Children learn best when they are actively taking part in the activity. Learning a language progresses much faster in an interactive and fun environment.

Make learning realistic:

Use the language for daily activities such as counting as you go up the stairs, naming the foods and drinks at breakfast, lunch or dinner. When playing outdoor games try to incorporate the language, such as playing hopscotch, name the colors of the cars as you walk to school or the park. Find a recipe of a typical dish and make it together with your child practicing the names of the ingredients in the language.

Use music:

By listening to songs sung by native speakers children can hear the pronunciation, the key sounds which will help them copy and sound more fluent themselves and improve their understanding of basic terms. If you use popular songs that children already know in their first language they will quickly pick up the translations in the new language. Often CDs include the lyrics. 

Teach through reading books:

Try to read to your child regularly in the foreign language, for example, each night before going to sleep. This will help your child improve their understanding of the language and the pictures will help them learn new words. Nowadays there are audio books of fairy stories read by native speakers. For example, Little Red Riding Hood (Caperucita Roja) is available as a bilingual book or CD. Involve your child by asking them questions about the pictures and pointing out the key words. Learn the language slowly, step-by-step with easy words and gradually start to build short sentences.

Take advantage of free on-line language learning resources:

There are many websites that offer free language resources with games, interactive videos and activities. BBC Schools has a language section with links to games, audio and video aimed at children 4-11 years.

As you can see, even if you aren’t fluent in the language yourself there are many fun ways you can incorporate foreign language learning into everyday life without making it a chore. If you have friends or family living in a foreign country, phone calls, emails and chatting over Skype is a good way to practice what you have learn and you are sure to impress them!



Key tips to memorize Spanish vocabulary!


One of the keys to mastering Spanish is to learn new vocabulary. Many people find this difficult as busy lifestyles don’t allow you to spend as much time as you may like on learning new Spanish words. Many people do not have a great memory and struggle to remember even the most basic words. As a Spanish tutor, over the past nine years I have been creating new and inspiring ways to help learners memorize new words, which are described in this article.

* Make your own flashcards/cue cards. Write the English word or phrase on one side and the Spanish on the other. Alternate between looking at the Spanish word and saying the English equivalent and vice versa. Similarly, draw a picture on one side and have the Spanish word for it on the other side.

* A picture dictionary is an invaluable tool to learn vocabulary amazingly fast, see the picture and say the Spanish word before it appears. Challenge yourself each time to remember more words and faster.

* Drawing and labellings your own funny pictures that will stick in your mind easily is a super-effective way to memorize words. Think of an English word that sounds like a Spanish word and create a funny mental picture to link them.

* Group flashcards or vocabulary lists into themes; food, colors, clothes, parts of the body etc.   This breaks down your learning into manageable steps. Learning words related to food will help  you in a restaurant or market, learning the parts of the body will help you at the doctor’s and colors/clothes will help you when shopping.

* Try to put words into context to help you visualize the word and its meaning. When learning  vocabulary related to the rooms in the house or furniture, stick post-it notes around the house (provided this doesn’t annoy anyone!). Every day you will see the Spanish word with the corresponding item, e.g. mirror, washing machine, door, kitchen etc.
When you go food shopping, as you place items into your trolley, think of the Spanish word for it. Items that you don’t know or remember, make a note of when you get home.

* A highly effective technique is to record yourself reciting words in Spanish/English and transfer to CD/mp3/i Pod to listen to when falling asleep, doing the ironing or driving to work. You may not realize it, but subconsciously you are absorbing the words which accelerates your learning. Download mp3 tracks of phrases for everyday situations from the VLS Downloads page.

Test yourself: study the Spanish/English words, then write out just the English words. Write down the Spanish equivalent next to them. Highlight the words you didn’t remember or you got wrong and concentrate on learning those ones. Soon you will have learned the complete list.

* Make use of free on line interactive exercises.
• features interactive flashcards, matching games, concentration and word searches.
• Watch video clips with transcripts on the BBC languages website of native speakers ordering tapas, finding their way around a town etc.
• Hear words pronounced by native speakers: or



Spanish teachers want parents to know the language learning is a lifelong process.