On Tuesday, April 23, the National Spanish Honors Society is having a Day Without English, or the Spanish-a-thon. This day is to challenge students in Spanish classes to only speak Spanish from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Organizers hope to raise funds for National Spanish Honors Society projects, however, only members are raising money. This leaves the challenge open to other Spanish students to practice their conversational skills.
The members of Spanish Honors Society are getting pledges from students and parents who will support them on their day of only speaking Spanish.
While the monetary incentive only benefits the National Spanish Honors Society, Arwen Helms, one of the three co-presidents of the Society, thinks that this challenge will be beneficial to all students enrolled in Spanish classes.
“If you only speak Spanish for a little bit of your day, you’re never really going to learn it. [For example,] you might learn ‘if they give me this word, I can tell them what the word is in Spanish,’ but you won’t be able to converse, and that’s the most important part of learning a language to me,” Helms said.
Despite the fact that this challenge will make in communicating with teachers and other non-Spanish speaking students, Helms highlighted the importance of being able to go a day speaking Spanish.
“To actually translate [speaking Spanish] into the real world in the future, I should be able to go a day speaking Spanish, because if I want to travel to Spain or something I want to be able to communicate,” she said.
If you want to participate in the Day Without English and challenge yourself, all Spanish teachers have sign-up forms. Make sure to sign up before Tuesday!