Guess what? In depth is starting again! As you may recall, last year I studied the art of SLAM poetry, which left me craving more of this project. Well its back, and for a long time I was unsure of what I wanted to study. I have figured it out, and have decided to study Spanish. Over my Christmas break, I visited the beautiful country of Mexico, and acted as my family’s amateur tour guide. I failed. I thought that my Spanish skills were somewhat proficient, but once the pressure of speaking to people with thick accents, at top speeds, kicked in, I was useless. My conjugation was off, I was slow, and I kept having to ask people to write things down, as I can read better than I can speak. Since I have always wanted to study Spanish in university, and travel once I graduate, I figured that the in-depth project would be the perfect learning environment for the culmination of my language skills. Last year I completed my first year of Spanish in school, and am currently taking intro 11 online. This allows me plenty of resources, to make this project as fun, and stimulating as it was last year. I will probably consult with many Spanish speakers on a regular basis, however, I have found one person who I can call my mentor. Last year, Señora Galliford taught me grade nine Spanish, and I consult her occasionally when I have questions about the Spanish I am learning. I talked to her, and she agreed to be my mentor. She will help me with my pronunciation, speed while speaking Spanish, and she has also agreed to help me write my biweekly blogposts, IN SPANISH! I will have an English translation, (don’t worry non-spanish speakers), but this will help me see the growth that has occurred in my language skills, throughout the course of this project. I also obtained several contacts during my trip, who agreed to help me with the project, by allowing me to phone them occasionally, to practice speaking to a native Spanish speaker. Since I know the stress that these phone calls will provide me, I plan on doing three throughout my project. Speaking will be the focus of this project, as writing is usually easier, but not very useful while travelling. Obviously not much has happened in the means of process so far, as I am just beginning my project. Over the reading break I plan on completing one research session, and ideally one of the units on Rosetta Stone, but that is likely pushing it a bit too far. As for my plans for the project on he whole: I hope to complete two Duolingo sessions every week, since there are seventy in total. That will leave me a few weeks before the final project, to prepare my presentation in the time usually designated to Duolingo. I will also do two grammar lessons every week on studyspanish.com, as they have a similar number of lessons as Duolingo. Altogether, these two forums will amount to approximately an hour a week. However, I would also like to do one unit on Rosetta Stone every two weeks. Each unit requires ten hours or more, so I will have my hands full. I don’t think I will mind putting in six hours a week or more, as this is a project of passion, and I am excited to get started. So, let’s begin the road of conjugation and present participles, and hope that one day fluency is attainable!
Check back in two weeks for an update on how my reading break plans worked out, or didn’t… Wish me luck!