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Letter to Judges

  1. 1. 1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 30115April 15, 2010Judges, Senior ProjectCreekview High School1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 30115Dear Judges: My name is Ignacio Lara. I am 19 years old. I was born in Veracruz, Mexico which islocated in the Gulf Coast of Mexico. My mom(Edith Lara Contreras) decided to bring me to TheUnited States at the age of 11 with my sister Lineth Lara because my mom came to the UnitedState in year 2000, a year after she gave birth to my little brother(Julio Lara) but my brothercame to the U.S.A at the age of 4 and she wanted us to be together with her here in Atlanta,Georgia. I live with my mother and one brother, and one sister. When I came here, my mom putme in 3th grade I attended in Macedonia Elementary School, but because I didn’t speak anyEnglish, I was sent offered to take ESOL classes in there, where I learned most of my English.My future goals are go to graduate High School, but main goal is to become a MechanicalEngineer. I didn’t choose to do Mechanical Engineer because I could not find a facilitator for it,that’s why I chose to taught Spanish 1. The topic for my research paper is how to become a Spanish teacher. The issue myresearch focuses on is the advantages of a native Spanish speaker teaching in a foreign languageclassroom. My research showed that a native Spanish teacher provides the student with morecultural insights because it is a rich source of cultural information. A native Spanish teacher hassuperior linguistic and communicative competencies in teaching Spanish, and theirdisadvantages like; overcrowded students, and lack of equipment to learn, also. Because of what I learned in my research, I decided to create a lesson plan on ‘Parts ofthe Body’ vocabulary words for a 10th grade Spanish class at Creekview high School. Some ofthe challenges I faced was that I was so nervous that I didn’t do what my facilitator told me to doin front of the class like for example, to talk loud so everyone in the classroom can hear me.Teaching the lesson showed me my weaknesses in the areas of teaching and speaking. My senior project has led me to maybe teach Spanish as a career. I have learned that eventhough I am a native Spanish speaker and speak Spanish fluently, my challenge is that I getnervous in front of students and that my English is honestly hard to speak it fast. My senior project has confirmed that I will earn a college degree in teaching Spanishbecause I want to teach my language and help students do better in life. Thank you very muchfor coming and for your time.Sincerely,
  2. 2. Ignacio Lara