Introducciones y Actividades: First Week at the Spanish Academy

June 27, 2018

Language: Spanish  

Location: Green Mountain College

Daily Schedule:

7:30 am                 Breakfast

9:00 am                 Assembly

9:30 am                 Class Block 1/break

10:30 am               Class Block 2/break

11:30 am               Class Block 3

12:30 pm               Lunch

1:15 pm                  Free Time

2:00 pm                 Cultural Exploration

3:45 pm                 Activities/Exercise/Free time

5:30 pm                 Dinner & Free Time

7:30 pm                  Evening Activities

9:15 pm                 Dorm activities/snack

10:00 pm               In room/Journaling

10:30 pm    Lights out

What the Spanish Academy did today:

After a hearty breakfast of eggs, hashbrowns, and a fruit medley, students set off for their third day of classes. Level 1 students are currently learning greeting and introductions, stringing together “¡Holas!” and descriptions of their hometowns, daily routines, and favorite activities.

Level 2 students are also describing their routines, families, and interests. Simultaneously, they are learning all about the household chores of Spanish-speaking children around the world. Lavando los platos (washing the dishes), limpiando la cocina (cleaning the kitchen), and sacando la basura (taking out the trash) are all on the menu of tasks that parents assign their kids!

In Level 3 classes, students are learning the art of starting, maintaining, and ending conversations with their peers. They practiced discussing their lives at home and comparing it to those of students in their target countries.

Level 4 students are getting to know their classmates by exchanging information related to areas of mutual interest. In class, they read extensively, identifying the main idea and details in articles and other media from their target countries. Today, they presented their language learning history and set goals for the rest of the summer.

After lunch and free time, students engaged in cultural exploration activities. Some of these activities included learning salsa dancing, watching telenovelas, making murales, running, and learning about the revolución.

In the evening, students created art, played a game of Army/Navy in the gym, danced salsa, and played board games.

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