Spanish Linguists Enjoy Links with Mexico
Ivybridge Community College’s Modern Languages Department has recently launched a ‘Languages Conversation Exchange Programme’ with students in a school in Mexico.
Every Tuesday, Gifted and Talented Spanish linguists from Years 8 and 9 meet and make a video call to Keystone International Education, a school in Córdoba, México. Our students ask questions in Spanish to our Mexican friends and they ask us questions in English. This is the very first time we have been able to establish this type of exchange link with an international school and staff and students are very excited about it. Our students have the opportunity to practise their Spanish with real native speakers and we are all learning a lot about Mexican and British culture and language.
“Most of our students have only been learning Spanish for two years, and they are doing incredibly well. I spoke to the Mexican teachers at the end of our first meeting and they were very impressed with the level and attitude of our students,” said Guillermo Reig-Alcaniz, teacher of Spanish.
Year 9 student, Holly, has said this about the exchange programme, “I think that meeting with the students and teachers from their Mexican school, virtually, was really enjoyable. We discussed the time and the weather, and we also talked about our local traditions and festivals, e.g. Christmas celebrations and the Day of the Dead. I really liked talking about the food we eat and listening to their opinions on Mexican food. I really can’t wait and meet them virtually on Teams again.”