-From the very beginning of the semester, be on the lookout for your top students! Do you have any students who seem eager to participate in class and enjoy speaking Spanish? Look for every opportunity to use the target language? Understand and excel in Spanish pronunciation? Like friendly competition? Want to be a part of an extracurricular where they can meet students from different schools? Want something to add to their resume? Start scouting!
-Familiarize yourself with the list of impromptu speaking topics. As you teach these topics, look for ways to build speaking practice into your curriculum.
-Set up speaking clinics for students to come in and practice their speaking skills with you and each other. Find a time that works for you and your school. Does your school have a FLEX period? Or do you prefer before or after school? Maybe choose one day a week for students to eat lunch with you in your classroom to practice speaking?
-Have your colleagues do exactly what you’re doing! Make sure other Spanish 2, 3, and 4 teachers offer their students the same opportunities. Remember, there is a maximum of 16 students per school- not per teacher.