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Welcome to Miss Roig's Website! 

Hello! My name is Laia Roig, I am the Spanish teacher at Edgartown School.  I am native Spanish and Catalan speaker from Barcelona. I moved to Martha's Vineyard three years ago. 

I am looking forward to an amazing year of fun and learning in Spanish!!!

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

(508) 627-3316 ext. 247

Hasta pronto,

Miss Roig 




Las reglas de la clase de español 2017-2018

(Spanish class rules 2017-2018)


1. Follow the rules quicky

2. Raise your hands up to SPEAK and GO to the BATHROOM


3. Do not speak when Miss Roig is speaking





2017 - 2018










Keep up on your Spanish Summer by...

Watching movies in Spanish

with Spanish subtitles




Sra. Roig






Welcome to Miss Roig's Website! 

Hello! My name is Laia Roig, I am the new Spanish teacher at Edgartown School.  I am native Spanish and Catalan speaker from Barcelona. I moved to Martha's Vineyard two years ago. For 5 years, I taught Spanish and Physical Education in Barcelona and last year I was taught Spanish at the Martha's Vineyard High School.

I am looking forward to an amazing year of fun and learning in Spanish!!!

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

(508) 627-3316 ext. 247

Hasta pronto,

Miss Roig 

















Edgartown School uses acomprehension and communicative approach, which is an OPTIMIZED IMMERSION experience. Class primarily uses a method called Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS®).

"TPRS has consistently outperformed traditional teaching." - Karen Lichtman


8th Grade Oral Proficiency Results


Class goals:

1. Build self-esteem & community.

2. Reach intermediate proficiency level by end of high school.

3. Know how and want to improve in a language on your own.

The Results in Honduras:

6th graders in rural Honduras received about 35 hours of English. This was an unannounced, never-before-practiced oral exam. The class did no role-playing, no grammar, no homework, no vocab lists. The students mostly listened and read. These kids have to deal with poverty and all it's nasty implications (little access to print, low literacy levels, family problems, low attendance, etc.), but I consider these to be impressive results for any program, anywhere.


Watch this video that I created to show you how the "story-asking" process of TPRS is used in the classroom.

The video may take a few minutes to load. Or go to the GoAnimate for Schools website (no log-in required) to watch the video:



1. BBC has a free online 22 episode series for beginner Spanish learners with practice exercises. Turn on Spanish subtitles to practice the reading.

2. Free online 52 episode soap opera with practice exercises

3. Watch a tv series called "Extra." It is like the popular hit television series "Friends."

4. Watch a 5 episode program called "Aventuras Vascas."

5. Watch a 10 episode program called "¿Eres tú, María?" and solve the mystery. Note you may have to search YouTube for the 10th and final episode:

6. Watch the 14 episode program called "La Catrina." Here are the first 8 episodes (you can search the rest on YouTube).

7. Watch fairy tale puppet videos:

8. Watch highly comprehensible videos like the stories we tell in class!

         ·  (9 of the 14 videos are in Spanish)


9. Watch "Muzzy," a program developed by BBC for kids. The product states: "Muzzy employs a natural immersion approach, surrounding learners with visual, aural and contextual language, modeled on the way we learned our first langauge." This link will bring you to levels 1 & 2 and each level contains 6 short videos:

10. Select from one of 300+ videos featuring native Spanish speakers from 15 Spanish speaking countries.

11. Guess the word as native-speaking children from Spain give you clues.

12. Listen and watch videos of native Spanish speakers respond to common proficiency tasks:

13. Listen to songs from Spanish class (nursery rhymes, many subtitled).

14. Subtitled Spanish Picture Book Read-Alouds:


“The best way to improve in a foreign language is to do a great deal of comprehensible, interesting reading. The case for self-selected reading for pleasure is overwhelming.” – Beniko Mason

1. Read the 2013-2014 stories created and acted out in class.

Read the 2014-2015 stories created and acted out in class.

2. Read and watch the MovieTalks from class.

3. Read jokes in Spanish:

4. Read books every week from the "Recommended Books" list (see File Cabinet), which are books specifically written for beginners who already know English. Ask the teacher for a copy of a book or check out the book from the Edgartown School Library.

5. Visit the following website to practice embedded readings, which we do in class, and involve 3 progressively harder versions of the same short story. Click on a Unit then scroll down to "Cuentos Escalados."

6. This page is full of Spanish embedded readings.

7. Read the class stories from teacher, Bryan Kandel.

8. Read and listen to news stories from Scholastic. Each article is written and recorded at 3 different levels.

9. Read stories, some include audio, from a Spanish teacher:


Best Language Acquisition Tool:

This website is the best I've seen for acquiring a language on your own! It combines reading with listening, doesn't focus on grammar, and has a huge library for you to choose the audio clips that interest you and that are at your level.


Free Text to Speech Program:

Cut and paste any Spanish text. Click on "Say It" or "TTS Voice" (Text To Speech). Listen to the same text at 7 different speeds. Use IM Translator to listen to text from LingQ at different speeds.



“We acquire language when we understand messages, when we understand what people tell us and when we understand what we read.” - Stephen Krashen

How to Acquire a Language


This theory was developed by Stephen Krashen and you can see him explain it here:

Watch a 6 video series (2013) from researcher Bill VanPatten on "What Everyone Should Know About Second Language Acquisition."

A Child's Guide to Language. 6-series video on the process of first and second language acquisition.

The Argument Against Grammar

“Research shows that knowledge of grammar rules is very fragile and is rapidly forgotten.” - Krashen

“Consciously learned grammar is only available as a Monitor or an editor, and the constraints on Monitor use are severe: 

1. The user has to know the rule, 

2. have time to apply the rule, 

3. and be thinking about correctness.” 

- Krashen

“Instruction does not appear to influence the order of development. No matter what order grammatical structures are presented and practiced in the classroom, learners will follow their own 'built-in' syllabus.” – Ellis

Read 5 articles I wrote that review the theories and research of effective foreign language classrooms:





1. To test your high frequency Spanish vocabulary, join my Quizlet "Edgartown Spanish Class." Quizlet has flashcards, which include audio of the words, and games you can play with the vocabulary sets. You will have to make a FREE account before you can access the word sets.


2. There are printable high frequency words lists in the below File Cabinet and there is a link in the Supported Websites to a Spanish Frequency Dictionary.

  • 50 words = 60% of speech 
  • 1,000 words = 85% of speech
  • Verbs = 20% of the language

3. These Powerpoint contains the thematic (low-frequency) vocabulary covered in a traditional Spanish I program.

Date, Clothing, Weather, Food, Drink:

Sports, Instruments, Time, Daily Routines, School Objects:

House, Family, Adjectives, Transportation, Places, Professions:


Examples of the highest frequency and lowest frequency thematic words typically taught:


Theme (Rank Frequency) word


Why do we care so much that someone can count to ten or higher?

(72)one (56)two (119)three (188)four (231)five (375)six (470)seven (492)eight (786)nine (346)ten


Only the numbers one and two are in the most-frequently used 100 words. There are more than 300 more frequent words than the numbers 6 through 10, and the numbers 13 through 19 are not in the most frequently used 1,000 Spanish words.


Source: A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish (2006) by Mark Davies


4. This Powerpoint has the images used to visualize the high frequency verbs.



Flashcard study alone is an incomplete way to acquire vocabulary.



Donate to HEDAC

Attn: PACE and send Honduran students to school!

Open this playlist and you will be able to view videos of an interview of 2013 PACE students, a Honduran elementary school, and segments of a rural town.



File Cabinet File Cabinet for Mrs. Roig's Class

November 3, 2015
Spanish Book & MovieTalk Leveled Inventory.docx

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January 30, 2014
Fundraiser, Keep Kids in School.doc

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September 18, 2013
Spanish Parent Brochure 2013.docx

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May 25, 2013
The Importance of Foreign Language and the Effect of Instruction Time on Proficiency.docx

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March 19, 2013
Top 50 High Frequency Verbs.docx

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March 18, 2013
The High Frequency Little Words.docx

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November 5, 2012
Spanish Grammar Guide.docx

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November 1, 2010
Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks - Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.pdf

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Support Websites
Frequency Dictionary in Spanish
50 words = 60% of speech. 1000 words = 85% of speech.
Online Grammar Guide
An excellent grammar guide. Organized into categories, grammar is made easier to remember. Just click a topic to review.
Translator: wordreference
In my opinion, the best translator. Includes all meanings and contexts of translated words. Also, has a conjugator and a great forum to get answers about specific words and phrases.

Recommended sites
This is a website for younger students who want to practice Spanish vocabulary through activities such as memory game, word scramble, songs & lyrics, spelling games and stories.
More advanced Spanish for those students wanting to explore listening to Spanish speakers through interviews, music videos, etc., all supported with text and speech speed control.
Comprehensible Input DVDs (not free) - Excelerate Spanish
This program is based on the same principles (comprehensible input hypothesis) and same activities as those used in class.
Fluency Fast Online Classes
Pay for an online course taught by expert TCI/TPRS teachers!
Express Fluency
Spanish fluency taught with comprehensible input. Currently in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York City and adding locations.

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