La Tercera Semana: Week 3 at the Spanish Academy
Location: Green Mountain College
- 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
- 1:00 pm Depart for Middlebury
- 5:30 pm Dinner
- 9:15 pm Dorm activities/snack
- 10:00 pm In room/Journaling
- 10:30 pm Lights out
What the Spanish Academy did today:
Wow, we’ve already reached Week 3 of classes! The kids had an amazing weekend filled with loads of activities. On Saturday, the students participated in Field Day at Saint Michael’s College. The Spanish Academy placed FIRST amongst the French, Arabic, Chinese, and German Academies! Some of the activities included a water balloon toss, soccer, tug-of-war, an art competition, ping pong, and dodgeball. On Sunday, the kids celebrated Día de Los Muertos, a traditional Mexican holiday. They started festivities by watching Coco, then proceeded to paint face masks, create “ofrendas,” and make quesadillas and homemade guacamole! Today, they’ll be going on a field trip to Middlebury and participating in a photo scavenger hunt. How exciting!
In Level 1 classes, students are learning to name and recognize some parts of the body. They’re also learning how to give simple physical descriptions of people. At meal times, these students are engaging in full-blown conversations -- albeit full of gestures, laughter, and guesswork as they immerse themselves in the Spanish language.
Level 2 classes are discussing sports, hobbies, and events. Today, they learned how to participate in and talk about sporting events by asking and answering questions about game rules, scores, player positions, etc. Tomorrow, they’ll be learning how to write basic instructions on how to plan an outing with friends.
In Level 3 classrooms, students are focusing on travel and tourism. They can now ask for and provide descriptions of places they know and places they’d like to visit. Tomorrow, they’ll learn how to read and understand basic information in travel brochures and travel websites about a target city.
Level 4 classes are extensively studying culture this week. Today, they learned about how studying traditions, customs, and history can help people adapt to cultural differences in Spanish-speaking countries. Tomorrow, they’ll be learning about and describing the most important cultural celebrations in the Spanish-speaking world!
Check back on Wednesday to read more about the Spanish Academy!