HILLMAN - Hillman High School Spanish II students from Erin Brege's classes recently tested their knowledge of the Spanish culture, language and food during a field trip to El Rancho, traditional Mexican restaurant in Gaylord. The end of the year class field trip has been a tradition in the past, but for Brege, this was the second class trip and a zesty way to end the school year.
"This year's arrangements were incredible. Everything was set at the restaurant and students were accountable for only a portion of the trip, half it was paid for by the Hillman Community Education Foundation," Brege said
Brege said the field trip could not have came at a better time because students were working on wrapping up a food unit and were ready to put what they learned in class to use.
"Before our trip students made a presentation in Spanish and we did some cooking in class. They did a lot of work studying and researching different foods before we went," she said.
The field trip was an experience for students to practice language skills and try different authentic Mexican foods, but they also were graded for their verbal skills.
"The staff was wonderful, they required students to speak Spanish the entire time and all servers spoke Spanish. There was also a checklist, students were using the language and interacting while their speaking and listening skills were being assessed," she said.
Brege said students also participated in a graded assessment testing the vocabulary and grammar portion of the class, while the field trip focused on communication.
"Before the field trip they studied ingredients so they knew what to expect, but this really gave them the opportunity to try things that they wouldn't have normally tried, like banana chimichangas, which they loved," she said.
Brege said her class also received support from the school and administrators.
"Normally a grant covers transportation, but this year the school covered it. The school support really helped, because of all of the support from our school and the foundation students were able to try something different," she said.
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