professional development - fondamentos 2 of 6 - video - the paradigm

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The proposed morphological paradigm demonstrates that all Spanish words without written accents (those stressed on the second-to-last syllable and those stressed on the last syllable, i.e., llanas/graves and agudas) follow the same rule.

While there are a handful of diacritical accents (tu vs. tú), the primary purpose of written accents in Spanish is for pronunciation, specifically to show an atypical stress pattern.

Therefore, we think it is imperative that students master the typical (or prototypical) stress pattern first.

As opposed to those who teach Spanish to English-speakers in a classroom setting, all elementary teachers of native Spanish-speaking children throughout the Spanish-speaking world (including here in the United States) are expected to teach the rules of accentuation as part of the general Artes del Lenguaje (Spanish Language Arts) curriculum.

The long video you just watched is to introduce teachers to our simple and accurate morphological paradigm.

In the next short video, you'll learn about our vocabulary-building program that is based on that paradigm.

In our survey of first-year language students at the start of their first course, over 90% percent had the very strong or somewhat strong expectation to learn and practice proper pronunciation.

Over 70% considered pronunciation a very important or somewhat important skill, vital to communication, listening and speaking.

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