Mrs. Madeline (Saragusa) Guerra

Phone: 512-943-5100 ext 7329


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Spanish, University of Texas Bachelor's Degree in International Relations, University of Texas International Business Certificate through the McComb's Business Foundations Program, University of Texas Languages Other Than English-Spanish EC-12

Mrs. Madeline (Saragusa) Guerra

¡Bienvenidos! Welcome!

I am thrilled to be back here at Georgetown High School for the third year and am looking forward to a successful school year!  I will teach Spanish and Spanish II and Spanish II Pre-AP, as well as Spanish 4 AP and Spanish 4 AP Heritage.  I am prepared to help all students succeed in language learning!  It will be a fun, creative, exciting, and productive year.

I bring to the classroom 12 years of Spanish language study, 2 years of teaching Spanish at a high school level, as well as many travels and cultural experiences.  I feel that my positive mindset and passion for the language speaks loudly in the classroom.  

  • Class/Course Information 

    Learning Spanish, or any language is difficult!  My goal in this class is to encourage students to take risks.  Learning another language puts learners in a very vulnerable position; no one wants to babble on and sound like they don't know what they're talking about, but to learn a new language, you have to learn by tripping over your own words!  Making mistakes helps us learn, so everyone in the class will be required to speak Spanish, and it will be taken into account for their participation grades.   Once we can break through the barrier of fear that holds us back from diving fully into a language, we will succeed tremendously!  
    Students will explore the language through conversation, reading, writing, and listen, utilizing authentic resources from around the world.
    Spanish II 
    We will cover 6 units throughout the course of Spanish 2.  We will start by talking about ourselves, moving towards speaking and writing about others within the world around us.  Next, we will be able to communicate in many ways our daily routines.  Our third unit is all about community life.  Students will be able to identify important information about a city, follow and give directions, and talk about what they did around town in the past tense.  During the second semester of this course, students will be able to communicate about going out with friends, traditions and holidays that they celebrated as a child, and finally, media and technology.  Students will utilize all three modes of communication throughout the year; interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.  
    Spanish 4 AP-Language and Culture

    The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish.

    The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students' awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).


    We will be utilizing AP college board's resources, which you can also access by following the link:

    The 6 themes for the AP Spanish Language and Culture course are:
    1. Personal and Public Identities
    2. Families and Communities
    3. Beauty and Aesthetics
    4. Global Challenges
    5. Science and Technology
    6. Contemporary Life
    In addition, our two main book resources are Temas and Triangulo Aprobado.  Students are required to check out a copy of Temas from the book room at the beginning of school.
    We'll be using many online resources as well, including  BBC Mundo news and the Temas supersite.  

    The 5 C's
    Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, Communities

    Standards-based world languages education and the New Jersey standards reflect the themes in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (1999), known as "The Five Cs." These standards describe the "what" (content) of world languages learning and form the core of standards-based instruction in the world languages classroom.

    The communication standard stresses the use of language for communication in "real life" situations. It emphasizes "what students can do with language" rather than "what they know about language." Students are asked to communicate in oral and written form, interpret oral and written messages, show cultural understanding when they communicate, and present oral and written information to various audiences for a variety of purposes.
    Cultural understanding is an important part of world languages education. Experiencing other cultures develops a better understanding and appreciation of the relationship between languages and other cultures, as well as the student's native culture. Students become better able to understand other people's points of view, ways of life, and contributions to the world.
    World languages instruction must be connected with other subject areas. Content from other subject areas is integrated with world language instruction through lessons that are developed around common themes.
    Students are encouraged to compare and contrast languages and cultures. They discover patterns, make predictions, and analyze similarities and differences across languages and cultures. Students often come to understand their native language and culture better through such comparisons.
    Extending learning experiences from the world language classroom to the home and multilingual and multicultural community emphasizes living in a global society. Activities may include: field trips, use of e-mail and the World Wide Web, clubs, exchange programs and cultural activities, school-to-work opportunities, and opportunities to hear speakers of other languages in the school and classroom.