Scholars Use Spanish Skills on Trip of a Lifetime

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Providing an opportunity to use their language skills from years of classroom study as well as an enriching insight into Spanish culture, 27 juniors and seniors from the high school traveled to Spain for 10 days in early April for a complete cultural immersion.

The students were all “Foreign Language Scholars,” an elite group of members of the school’s Foreign Language Honor Society who continue their foreign language studies well beyond the requirements, and actively participate in the FLHS.

The trip was organized by Ellen Semel, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and Patricia Rogers, ESL and world foreign language coordinator, and included other district chaperones such as Principal Michael Mosca.

The students began their journey in the capital of Madrid, where they saw the Prado Museum and Palacio Real de Madrid, before focusing on the historic southern Spanish region of Andalusia, where they toured Seville, Toledo and the Alhambra fortress in Granada; witnessed a traditional Semana Santa parade; viewed many of the finest examples of local Andalusian architecture; and even enjoyed a short dip in the Mediterranean Sea at el Costa del Sol.

“This was by far the most educationally enriching activity for foreign language students,” said Rogers. “The cultural aspects that students had been exposed to through video and text were brought to life vividly. They were able to connect with people by using their Spanish skills halfway around the world, and I was so proud how well the students were able to speak to the native Spaniards.”