Schools always need volunteers. Your Spanish skills might be used during registration to explain the forms and procedures, you might serve as a liaison between the school and parents, and you could tutor in a variety of content areas in English, using your Spanish to set your students at ease or give instructions.
One of the most valuable tasks you can volunteer for is that of helping parents negotiate the complexities of registration forms. Earlier in this chapter you learned about some of the primary features of forms; let's look at some additional vocabulary specific to school registration.
The registration form for the school where you volunteer may also include questions about special classes or programs, for example:
During the registration process, parents will probably have to provide the following:
At the same time that parents are registering their child, you might want to explain the general course of study (
Unless you are a high-level speaker of Spanish, it is most likely that your tutoring will be conducted in English. Nevertheless, even a little Spanish will come in very handy for getting to know your students and setting them at ease as well as giving simple instructions. Before you begin, be sure to review all the materials that you have received from the teacher, and ask any questions you may have. In addition to preparing the content for each tutoring session, think about and practice what you might need to communicate in Spanish to your students. Track 81 includes some examples.
Listen to each example on Track 81 as you follow along in the text. Repeat each one after you hear it.
(Today we're going to practice multiplication.)
(We're going to review the story you read in class yesterday.)
(Take out your science book, please.)
(This evening, you should complete the practice sheets and bring them tomorrow.)