Sarah Kathleen Soltész

Spanish Bilingual Teacher
Calgary Board of Education
Sarah Kathleen Soltesz received her Bachelor of Teaching from the University of Calgary. She studied Spanish at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain and at Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. She is currently working towards her Master of Education with a focus on Assessment and Teaching & Learning Languages. She is an elementary Spanish bilingual teacher in an International Spanish Academy (ISA) in southern Alberta. Previous projects include the use of technology to co-author and publish classroom storybooks with her students and creating dual language iMovies with a partner school in Spain. The projects were based on cross-curricular content from the Alberta Program of Studies. 

From 2012 - 2014 she participated in a dual language research project with Dr. Rahat Naqvi from the University of Calgary that studied the effects of metalinguistic awareness for the acquisition of a target language and the enhancement the first language. They presented their findings at OISE in Toronto for the Celebrating Linguistic Diversity conference in honour of Dr. Jim Cummins. Later, she was introduced to the Neurolinguistic Approach (Netten & Germain, 2012) based on the French Intensive Model (Netten & Germain, 2004) and participated in various workshops and seminars to share project ideas from the classroom. Lastly, she was accepted to present at the VI and V Encuentro de Profesores de Español de Alberta to discuss technology in the bilingual classroom and to demonstrate the effectiveness of creating cross-curricular dual language books.