Thursday, June 11, 2015


Last week we were telling goodbye to Madeline, our Language Assistant this year.
As a nice gesture of their kindness, 1º ESO A students thanked her with a lovely dance of the song "Moving " by Macaco.They also draw things on their blackboard, designed cards from Málaga and wrote her many sweet little messages in Spanish or English, so she could remember them for life.
And these were her words as an answer to our blog:
My name is Madeline and I've spent the last year working as a language assistant in IES Portada Alta. Spanish high school is very different from my experience growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, and I didn't expect all the laughs, occasional "enfados", and tons of learning during the year.
 I first met the 1A class in November when I spoke to them about Thanksgiving with their teacher of English. They were shy and nervous, and could barely pronounce "pumpkin pie". By the end of the year I had begun regular Math classes with them, and as we gained trust, they began to speak more English. The students laughed at my Spanish mistakes and we joked about their English pronunciation; they were competitive when we played games and patient when I didn't remember algebra. 
Now at the end of the school year, it's hard to believe these are the same shy students I first met; kids who once wouldn't say "hello, how are you?" now write "what's up?!" on Instagram.
 I'm sad to leave Portada Alta, but I'm so impressed with what the students have achieved and I know they will continue to improve with their teachers and next language assistant.

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