Today Cecilia's seventh-grade students had their first Skype session with students attending Nuevos Horizontes school in Hermosillo, Sonora, México.
Every Friday Cecilia's Spanish class will have the chance to practice their Spanish with native Spanish-speaking middle schoolers and to learn more about Hispanic culture.
The sessions will alternate between one week in Spanish and one week in English so that both sets of students can take advantage of this opportunity. The English teacher in México and Cecilia will be preparing and sharing lesson plans so the students can know ahead of time what will be the topic they will be talking about.
Our students were a little bit nervous but super-excited at the same time. By the end of the class, they were asking Cecilia what else they could be reading or listening to at home so their Spanish can improve for the Skype sessions. That's exactly what Cecilia was hoping to happen by giving them extra "real-life" motivation to conquer any fears of speaking Spanish.