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Solo En Espanol

Article By: Erin Dringman
Oct 30, 2015

Este ano, el profesor de Espanol de Sweet Grass County High School tiene una regla nueva. El profesor, Senor Morgan, ha decidido exigir todos sus estudiantes para hablar solo en espanol mientras en clase. Hablando en ingles no es permitir.

Translation: This year, the Spanish teacher at Sweet Grass County High school has a new rule. The teacher, Mr. Morgan, has decided to require all of his students to speak only in Spanish while in class. Speaking in English is not allowed.

This is the first time in the last several years that Mr. Morgan has implemented the “Spanish speaking only” rule. For Spanish I, II, and III, students are generally allowed to speak in English when asking questions, but he generally requires his fourth year Spanish students to speak only in Spanish while in his classroom. Last year, however, he had only one student enrolled in Spanish IV, so he therefore decided to forego that rule. For the 2015-2016 school year, Mr. Morgan’s Spanish III & IV (a combined class) contains four Spanish III students and four Spanish IV students. All eight students are required to speak in Spanish for the entire duration of the class period, so as to fully immerse themselves in the language they are learning. Mr. Morgan outlined the benefits of speaking only Spanish for fifty-three minutes a day, “In order to learn how to play the piano you’ve got to practice it, in order to learn how to shoot baskets you’ve got to practice it, in order to learn how to speak Spanish, you’ve got to practice it.”

Ashley Gunlikson, Spanish III: “I think overall it’s beneficial to learning Spanish because him (Mr. Morgan) talking in it, telling us stories--even if you don’t know all the words--makes you learn Spanish better. I pick out the words I do know and try to put it together in a way that makes sense”, said Ashley Gunlikson, a member of the Spanish III class.

Avery Conner, Spanish IV: “I do feel it’s important to speak the language if we’re going to learn, and we don’t get many opportunities in Big Timber to speak it in a natural setting, so we have to create one.”

Amber Landingham, Spanish III:  “Like Mr. Morgan says, if you don’t speak in Spanish, you’re never going to learn it. So it’s helpful, but being in Spanish III, we don’t really know a lot of the stuff that Spanish IV does.”

Sam Curry, Spanish III:  “Hablando en Espanol es muy dificil para yo porque tuve un ano con no Espanol, pero es bien.” 

Translation: “Speaking in Spanish is very difficult for me because I had a year with no Spanish, but it’s good.”

Erin Dringman (me), Spanish IV:  De acuerdo que hablando en Espanol es un desafio . Pero, hablando en Espanol es muy importante para aprender. Me encanta Espanol.

Translation: I agree that speaking in Spanish is a challenge. However, speaking in Spanish is very important for learning. I love Spanish. 

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