Synchronized Spanish Swimming: Monday at the Spanish Academy

July 2, 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:

What a wonderful weekend at the Spanish Academy! Students went to the beach at Branbury State Park on Friday, attended a Quinceañera on Saturday, and made empanadas on Sunday! The kids were also excited to be able to call home, and are looking forward to doing so again on Thursday. The weather has been toasty in Poultney, but the kids are staying cool and having fun. For lunch today, students had fresh green beans, a vegetable stew, roasted herb chicken, and an array of other fruits and vegetables! How fitting for the theme of the week in classes: Food!

Level 1 students are learning to identify and name 5-10 food items that they like to eat, as well as describe what different foods taste like. They’re getting so good at stringing together sentences and communicating with each other! It’s amazing how much the kids can learn in one week.

In Level 2 classes, students are also focusing on directions and shopping. Today, they learned how to read and understand maps from Spanish-speaking countries and their home countries as well. They also learned how to give simple directions on how to get from one place to another and what to do at each location. Tomorrow, they’ll be learning how to ask and answer questions about food (taste, preparation, ingredients, etc.)

Level 3 students have been engaging in lots of discussions about culinary culture. They can now understand audio recordings and video about everyday life in Spanish-speaking countries. Tomorrow, they’ll learn how to give instructions on how to do a task in Spanish-speaking countries that may be different from a task in their own countries (e.g. mailing packages, buying movie theatre tickets, etc.) So many of these Level 3 students are actively engaging in conversations and telling everyone about what they’re learning!

In Level 4 classes, students are primarily studying eating habits, customs, and values. They can watch, read, and listen to information about nutritional and health recommendations from public announcements in Spanish-speaking countries, and summarize what was stated.  Tomorrow, they’ll look at reports and personal statements about eating habits in Spanish-speaking countries and share their interpretations of how they reflect values related to eating.

This afternoon, students are participating in activities like synchronized swimming (WOW!) and fútbol. In the evening, students will meet in the Gorge and work together to solve a murder mystery! We’re excited to see how much the students learn and interact in the coming week. Thanks for reading!

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