Students skype with students in Spain

FONDA — Fonda-Fultonville students in the college-level Spanish course at the high school recently had a bilingual video chat with peers at a school in Spain.

High school juniors, Amanda Clifford, Gabe Mormile, Madison Field and Abby Lombardoni had one-on-one video chats with four students at Montjuic Girona International School in Girona, Spain.

Students spoke in both Spanish and English to ask each other about their studies, hobbies, world news, likes and dislikes.

“This was a really cool experience,” said Lombardoni. “I like to speak Spanish and hope to travel to Puerto Rico someday.”

According to a press release on the school’s website, Gwen Rossi, the school’s Spanish teacher said it was a good opportunity for her students to practice their Spanish, connect with people across the globe and learn about international culture.

Rossi worked with Technology Education Specialist Danielle Knabe to coordinate the technical requirements.

This opportunity for the students was made possible through the school’s Skype Club, which hosted a previous video chat for club members with the school in Girona. Sean Thompson, club advisor and high school history teacher connected Rossi to Girona teacher Nathalie Galindo, who had asked to set up a bilingual video chat for her students.

By Josh Bovee

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