Spanish -- Worth Learning?
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|Wed, 09-15-2010 - 1:31pm|
How do I convince my strong-willed teen that Spanish is worth learning? His attitude towards this language is so bad! He has straight As in his other subjects, but just brought home an F! in Spanish! He just doesn't want to try. And we have 9 more months of school to go! He can't drop out because he's already taken Spanish II (struggled through), and needs two consecutive years of a language. There are no other languages to transfer into now. The grade is ruining his GPA. He's smart, so I think if he just put his mind to it, he'd succeed.
I think because of all the negative news of illegal immigrants and border crossing, he's associated Spanish with this problem and has made up his mind that he doesn't want to deal with any of it. If I could make him see that he may need Spanish in a future job (he says he won't) or just to get along in life, as the Spanish-speaking population is really growing, he might change his attitude and make an effort. But everything I say just fades away. How can I motivate this otherwise bright Honor Roll student??? Thank you.