My name is Susan Wilkin. I earned a BA in French in 1986. I have also earned many credits from The College of Charleston in Spanish. I am currently in my 26th year of teaching foreign language. I have been married 29 years, and we have three wonderful children: Patrick 26 yrs., Ben 23 yrs., and Rita 16yrs. All of our children have an excellent foundation in the Catholic Faith. I am so thankful for the Catholic schools they attended. Patrick is employed with Charleston County EMS, Ben just graduated from Clemson with his Master's in Business and undergrad degree in Biomedical Engineering and now works at Bausch and Lomb, while Rita is a sophomore in school. My family and I are parishioners of Stella Maris Catholic Church where my husband and I married 29 years ago, officiated by Monsignor Roth. I was raised on Folly Beach and received my sacraments from Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. I cherish the Catholic Church and have fond memories of only kind priests and parishioners. Prayer is part of my daily life. So, I believe with God anything is possible!
I teach grades 3yr. olds to eighth grades. I use the TPR method (Total Physical Response Method), which I have found to be the most effective technique to teach all grades, especially young learners. I use lots of visuals, much repetition, and many songs.
Description of Spanish 1
High school Spanish 1 following Bishop England High School Curriculum- Students who wish to be placed in Spanish 2 next year must score no lower than an 80 on the midterm and final exams and have no lower than an 85 average for the year. This class uses Avancemos 1 textbook and workbook which introduces students to the culture and language of the Spanish-speaking world in eight units. Students work at a high school 9th grade pace taking unit tests, quizzes, and daily homework.
Welcome to Spanish for Young Learners. I teach grades 3yr. olds to 2nd grade using the TPR method, which is the Total Physical Response Method. I have found this to be the most effective technique to teach all grades especially young learners. I use lots of visuals, much repetition, and many songs. I teach Spanish in their classrooms 30 minutes per week using games, puppets, balls, pictures, and many songs. I keep them moving and speaking the entire time I am with them.
3rd thru 5th Grade Spanish
Third and Fourth Graders receive 30 minutes of Spanish instruction per week. Fifth Graders receive 50 minutes of Spanish instruction per week. I use the TPR method (Total Physical Response Method), which I have found to be the most effective technique to teach all grades especially young learners. I use lots of visuals, much repetition, and many songs. I also use manipulatives, music, games, puppets, toys, and pictures. We study basic Spanish, including holidays, culture, foods, and Hispanic countries. In Grade 5, we conclude our study with a fiesta each year.
Grades 6-8 Spanish
In this class we focus on Spanish vocabulary, forming sentences, verb tenses, and writing dialogues. Students then act out their dialogues in class. Students also create posters about a Spanish-speaking country, and create a Spanish food dish or beverage. We watch videos about Spanish culture and holidays. Students work in groups creating complete sentences in Spanish in order to communicate. Students also begin conjugating verbs (-er, -ar, and -ir verbs).