ANDOVER – While most students dread being assessed on their knowledge at school, PV Spanish students had fun being tested this past week by making fortune cookies/tacos.(From March 10 edition of The News).
According to Spanish Teacher Erin Adame, the fortune cookies/tacos were a creative way to test the students’ knowledge of future tense, without the use of a paper exam.
“They had to write down their fortune and translate them,” said Adame. “[Then they] wrote a short paragraph in Spanish about the fortunes they received and spoke them in Spanish. It is always fun in the upper Spanish classes to be able to do activities all in Spanish and to see them pulling what they know together. It is a great way to assess their skills and it is a nice change for them.”
The students seemed to enjoy the change too, including Adele Bogardus.
“I liked the activity because it was fun and it helped me to remember the future tense,” said Bogardus. “Spanish is different than the other everyday classes. I like how we can interact together in the class more than other classes. I feel that it is good to learn a different language.”
Adame said everyone seemed to enjoy making and reading all the different fortunes that had been designed.
“Their fortunes were very creative [and] not all happy, which kept it interesting,” said Adame. “I think the students got a kick out of picking their fortunes as well and discussing them with each other.
Of these Spanish fortunes read on Monday, March 6 included Tim Siembor’s favorite: “You will travel to the other side of the world and you will find love.”
Aside from the fortunes, Adame said the students have the chance to do a lot of other interesting tasks in her class and in general seem to enjoy learning a different language.
“I’m in Spanish 4 so I can expand my language and use the Spanish to talk to people outside of school, such as work and traveling,” said Gabby Campbell. “A lot of people in the world speak Spanish so it’s good to know.”
Shawna Dye also sees the benefits in using Spanish outside of class, which she said is challenging yet fun.
“It is interesting learning about different countries around the world,” said Dye. “Not only do we learn the language but we also learn about the traditions, places and people. This past summer I went on a mission trip to southern Spain and being able to put my knowledge of Spanish into use was a great experience.”
While many say they are glad for the experience in learning a new language, Andrea Strickland said she would even go as far as saying she loves the class. “I want to proceed with it in college,” said Strickland.
Whether it’s gaining knowledge, putting a different language to use or gaining an understanding for different cultures, Spanish in general seems to be a well-liked class at PV.
Who could blame them; they get to take a test with a fortune.
Pictured: Andrea Strickland and Tim Siembor drawing fortune cookies to test their Spanish knowledge on Monday, March 6 at Pymatuning Valley High School.