Vamos a La Playa: Friday at the Spanish Academy

June 29, 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:

As the first week comes to a close, students are finding some more flexibility in their schedules. Morning workouts in the gym were followed swiftly by a Spanish scramble, tater tots, cinnamon tofu, and a fruit medley for breakfast today. In spite of the early mornings, the kids are becoming much more conversational during their first meal of the day. The Spanish professors often sit with students and ask about the previous evening’s events and what they plan on doing after classes.

Level 1 students can now identify and name 5-10 sports and leisure activities, as well as say which sports/free time activities they like and don’t like. The progress made in the short span of 5 days has been astounding! Next week, they’ll be able to make requests and carry on simple conversations during meals. (If we’re being honest, though, this is already happening!)

Level 2 students can now describe members of their family and their interests. They are also able to identify and present basic information about routines, interests, pastimes, and household tasks of teenagers in Spanish-speaking countries! By the end of next week, they will recognize culturally appropriate behaviors related to eating and ordering meals. They’ll also be to present information about the culinary culture of their target countries AND compare it to that of their home nation!

In Level 3 classes, students are now able to explain a series of steps needed to complete a task related to their routine. Next week, they will also be comparing and contrasting culinary cultures between their Spanish-speaking countries and their home nations. By the end, they’ll be able to understand details about nutritional recommendations and prepare an informative flyer for the Academy!

Level 4 students practice extensive reading. This week, they got to know their classmates, read details from articles and other media, and presented their learning language history to set goals for the rest of the summer. They also outlined strategies for success in an immersion environment and presented them to other students of the Academy. Next week, they’ll be watching, reading, and listening to more information about the eating habits, customs, and values in Spanish-speaking countries. At the end of the week, they will be able to participate in discussions about personal and cultural values. They’ll also be able to write survey questions about values and interview their classmates.

Cultural exploration activities for the week included learning salsa dancing, watching telenovelas, making murales, running, and learning about the revolución. Today, the Spanish Academy students are going on a field trip to “La Playa,” otherwise known as the beach! They’ll be able to enjoy some swimming (it’s 82° F in Poultney today!)

Check back on Friday to read more about the Spanish Academy!

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