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

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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.

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 videos you just watched introduce teachers to this new simple and accurate morphological paradigm.

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