Spanish Competitions

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Registration for the Spanish Competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who registered!

 

There are three levels: Novice (1st/2nd year), intermediate (3rd/4th, 5th/6th), and high intermediate or advanced (7th/8th). Those who are native Spanish speakers - i.e., "heritage speakers" - may not register for any level other than HERITAGE levels 5/6 or 7/8, Known, or Created play. If heritage speakers do not register for a heritage-specific level, their score will be invalidated.

Instructions for Teachers:

We recommend that you put your students in groups and practice different situational scenarios. In the competition, each group of three students will be given 5-10 minutes for preparation. Therefore, one thing you could train the students on is how to use this time wisely and make decisions about what will be said and by whom.

We recommend that during their 10-minute preparation period, students strategize and then practice speaking. Students will be given a situation to negotiate. They will be evaluated on language assuredness/fluency, pronunciation, and grammar/vocabulary usage.

Strategies:

  • Read the situation
  • Decide who is going to play each role.
  • Decide who will begin the conversation.
  • Choose the type of greeting.
  • Outline the main points to be mentioned.
  • Choose keywords and phrases.
  • Choose some fall-back questions, in case someone gets stuck.
  • Decide how to end the conversation.

Students will randomly choose one of the topics below:

Novice Levels 1-2 Impromptu Role Plays 
To Have a Good Time
Spring Break
Sports 

Some common functions: 
Descriptions 
Plans
Likes/Dislikes
Asking questions

Intermediate Levels 3-4 Impromptu Role Plays  
Restaurants and Food
Winter Break
The Birthday Party 

Some common functions: 
Descriptions 
Plans
Likes/Dislikes
Asking questions
Comparisons
Past experiences

Advanced Levels 5, 6, 7, and 8:  
There are two main categories: Prepared drama from a known play and prepared drama written by students

A prepared scene from a known play: Students will have already prepared a short scene to perform for the judges. They may act in groups of 3 to 10. Student performances should be no longer than 10 minutes and must be memorized. The group must provide the judges with a copy of the play prior to their performance. They will be evaluated on language assuredness/fluency, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary usage, and preparedness.  Only one group from each school at each level, please.

Prepared drama written by students: Students will have written a short drama to perform for the judges. They may perform in groups of 3 to 10. Student performances should be no longer than 10 minutes and must be memorized. The group must provide the judges with a copy of the play prior to their performance. They will be evaluated on language assuredness/fluency, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary usage, and preparedness. Only one group from each school at each level, please.