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Nipmuc Celebrates World Language Week

World Language Week will be celebrated at Nipmuc Regional High School from March 13-17. Come check out the amazing work of our Italian/French/Spanish students!

Our Advanced Grammar and Composition Spanish immersion students are painting portraits of famous Hispanics throughout history and writing biographies on their lives and achievements.

These immersion students, as well the AP Spanish Language students, are competing in a writing contest sponsored by The Spanish Resource Center at UMass Boston.

Every day during the morning, students will enjoy the sounds of international music over the loudspeaker, courtesy of the Hispanic Civilization, Literature, and Culture class. These students are also creating ornate “azulejos”, or Spanish tiles for display.

Level 3 language students will be creating and illustrating children’s books and fairy tales in the target language.

Each level 4 student is researching the life and contribution of a famous Italian/French/Spanish figure.  Students will “become” this famous figure for a day, and be able to answer questions about themselves and their respective works in the target language. These students will also be creating monuments and artistic reproductions of famous works of art or indigenous sculpture and pottery.

Students from the Latin American Experience classes are learning about the Aztecs and writing their names utilizing the Ictapa alphabet.

NEW THIS YEAR! – On Thursday, March 16th from 1:00pm-2:00pm, all level 2 world language students will be “competing” in our first annual “Battle of the International Food Trucks”.  In groups, students are designing fictional “food trucks” and serving up some amazing international fare.  Sharply dressed in their newly-created company “uniforms”, students will be glad to tell you all about their food truck concept/theme as well as some fun facts about their country’s/region’s flag, tourist attractions, and signature dish.  We are so excited to welcome some foodies and restaurateurs from local businesses such as Bertucci’s, Acouge Vale Do Aco, and Rebecca’s3 as well as some community connections, like Major League Cuts, that we have made through our Latin American Experience class, to serve as judges.  Students from the Latin American Experiences classes will serve as hosts and assist our visiting judges with the voting process.

That night at 7:00pm, we will proudly induct over 60 members into our newly-chartered Spanish/French/Italian National Honor Societies.  You are cordially invited to join us in the cafeteria for a celebration of our World Language students’ incredible achievements.

Students in Level 1 language classes will be designing and creating unique international t-shirts. On Friday, March 17th from 1:15pm to 2:00pm we will hold our annual Level 1 International Buffet. Join us in the cafeteria to sample some international fare and to judge our annual international t-shirt contest.

We are really looking forward to this year’s World Language Week and hope that you can join us in celebrating cultural diversity, tolerance, and understanding.

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It’s Oral Assessment Time! Level II Honors

The goal of learning any language is to communicate your thoughts, ideas, needs, and wants in the target language.  In the past, students were assessed through written exams and assignments to measure their abilities, but rarely did students get the opportunity to show what they could DO with their newly-acquired language skills.  As a department, we are moving more towards proficiency-based assessments and away from the traditional focus of grammar-based drills, although accuracy will always be an integral piece.

All Spanish II students will be able to execute  AND expand upon the following (20) questions/themes by the end of Term I.  Students must record their “interview” with their instructor and, after receiving a spreadsheet of feedback, they have the opportunity to self-assess and correct their errors.  This process of revision promotes student accountability and ownership of their learning.


¿Traes _________ a la clase de matemáticas?
¿Conoces a ___________?
¿Contribuyes ________ a tus clases?
¿Puedes cocinar _______?
¿Quieres ______ para la Navidad?
¿Dónde prefieres hacer la tarea?
¿A qué hora sales de la escuela cada día?
¿Con quién almuerzas?
¿Qué sabes hacer bien?
¿Qué haces cada fin de semana?
¿Qué comes para la cena esta noche?
¿Qué vas a hacer este sábado?
¿Cuántas mascotas tienes?
¿Cómo se llama tu __________(mejor amigo, padre, madre)?
¿Cómo es tu (casa, escuela, vecindario, etc.)? (2 adjetivos)
¿Siempre corriges todos tus errores en la clase de español?
¿Cuándo tienes sueño?
¿Dónde pones tu mochila después de la clase?
¿Qué te gusta hacer después de terminar la tarea?
¿Qué piensas hacer este otoño?

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Like We Never Left…

It is Day 7 and it feels like we never left.  In just 7 school days, we have gotten back into the swing of things and so much is happening!  This year it is all about SKILLS!  Our goal is for students to leave each class with a real-life skill that they can use at home, at their after school-job, or anywhere out in the community.

Spanish I already can say and spell their first and last names, tell where they are from and how they feel!  The can give and respond to greetings and know their alphabet in Spanish!

Spanish II Honors can easily use the present tense to narrate their lives and communicate details about their surroundings.  They also can describe and articulate their needs and opinions in the target language. (Oh, and they are quite talented singers as well…)

Spanish IV has mastered the present tense and are starting work on narrating in the past and describing their histories.  They also will begin learning about the origins of the Spanish language and the many cultures that have contributed to its development.

Latin American Experience is studying what it means to be Latino, Hispanic, and Spanish and how each are different.  They are just about ready to head out into the community to make some connections and to get a first-hand account of the vast challenges and obstacles immigrants face as they come to the Unites States.

It is going to be an AMAZING year!  Stay tuned…



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Term I – Oral Assessments

wherethemagichappens How true is this?  We all like to stay in our “comfort zone” and stick to what we know we are “good at” but is that really the best way to approach learning?  I find students are very confident in writing and reading in the target language but when it comes to speaking and listening comprehension, well, students aren’t so ready to take risks.  As a result, we are focusing our efforts on oral proficiency and skills-based assessments in Spanish I. Each term, students will work on mastering new grammar and content concepts with a focus on building real-life speaking and comprehension skills in authentic situations.

In Spanish I, all students can execute (ask and answer) the following (20) questions (and several variations of these questions):

  1. ¿Cómo te llamas? – What is your name?
  2. ¿Cómo escribes tu nombre en español? – How do you spell your name in Spanish?
  3. ¿Cómo escribes tu apellido en español? – How do you spell your last name in Spanish?
  4. ¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono? – What is your phone number?
  5. ¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from?
  6. ¿Cómo estás? – How are you?
  7. ¿Cuántos años tienes? – How old are you?
  8. ¿Qué día es hoy? – What day is today?
  9. ¿Cuál es la fecha hoy? – What is the date today?
  10. ¿Qué día fue ayer? – What day was yesterday?
  11. ¿Qué día es mañana? – What day is tomorrow?
  12. ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? – When is your birthday
  13. ¿Qué hora es? – What time is it?
  14. ¿A qué hora es tu clase favorita hoy? – At what time is your favorite class?
  15. ¿Cuántos días hay en una semana? – How many days are there in a week?
  16. ¿Cuántos meses hay en un año? – How many months are there in a year?
  17. ¿Cuántas estaciones hay en un año? – How many seasons are there in a year?
  18. ¿Cuál es tu estación favorita? – What is your favorite season?
  19. ¿Cómo escribes _________________ en español?  (Spell a random Word in Spanish) – How do you spell ___________ in Spanish?
  20. ¿Cuántos estudiantes hay en esta clase? – How many students are there in this class?

Students have done a great job working in the target language!  I can’t wait to see what Term 2 brings!

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¿Por qué construimos una torre de mondadientes y malvaviscos?

malvaviscos 1Lots of first-day Spanish fun with team-building exercises today.  Students worked in random groups to see who could create the tallest toothpick marshmallow tower.

What does this have to do with learning a world language, you ask?  Here are some of our student’s responses:

“To learn how to work with others”
“Communicate and collaborate”
“To change and adapt a plan when something isn’t working”
“To make connections…literally”

All great answers!  Learning a language is all about making connections in the community and also learning how to work effectively with others.  I think they got it!