< >ROSCOMMON – Spanish classes at Roscommon High School had a unique opportunity to use their Spanish speaking skills. On May 4, a Mexican Mercado (Market) was set up in the High School library. The students brought in items to sell to the ‘American tourists’ – other students and members of the community.
< >Spanish teacher Mandy Sigulinsky has made the market a regular part of her Spanish 2 class.
< >‘The Spanish Mercado activity is a great cultural and speaking activity,’ Sigulinsky said. ‘Students choose their own partner and bring in a variety of goods to sell on the Mercado Day. Other students, staff, and parents are welcome to come to the market and purchase goods with pesos. The sellers (vendedores) may only speak in Spanish and their goal is to make as much money they can during the time of the Market. It truly teaches the students the art of bartering, helps improve the fluency and vocabulary of each student, and shows them what a real market is like in Mexican cities.’
< >Sigulinsky arranged to have her Spanish 3 students act as ‘policia’ (police) making sure the vendedores spoke only Spanish.
< >Students brought in various baked goods and pop along with items such as quesadillas, cobblers, Swedish meatballs, and pencils to sell. The ‘tourists’ had paper pesos to purchase items with. Bartering was encouraged. Vendedores used their fingers or held up the amount of pesos needed when the tourists didn’t understand the language.
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