Spanish students earn top-five results in annual contest

On Saturday, May 4th, six Trinity College School Spanish language students participated in the Ontario Secondary Schools Spanish Contest (OSSSC) held at Upper Canada College in Toronto. The OSSSC begin in 2008 with the goal of attracting Spanish students from all across the province of Ontario to participate in a contest in which they have the opportunity to show off their Spanish skills.

The 2019 contest aims to inspire not only participants, but language learners in general, to reflect on the importance of the acquisition of a second or third language for a wide variety of personal, professional and humanistic reasons. This year’s slogan is Con el español, ¡yo puedo! (“With Spanish, I can!”). This contest is different from other contests as the participants, during one day, are exposed to the Spanish language and culture from beginning to end. The day’s activities included a full Spanish theme: lunch, snacks and an array of games, dances and even costumes.

There were more than 100 students participating in the categories of Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Spanish Plus and Hispanohablante. Our six students competed against students from Appleby College, Havergal College, St. Clement’s School, UCC and Villanova College as well as Catholic and public school students from York region, Peel region, North Toronto and many other schools. The TCS participants were: Anastasiia Solovei, Andrey Goussev and Yik Ka (Ambrose) Ling in the Beginner category; Naomi Larocque and Ziyue (Loretta) Hu in the Intermediate category; and Edward Li in the Advanced – Spanish Plus category. All of them were very happy with their results on the contest and several placed in the top five in the category in which they were competing.

The Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) methodology, implemented this year in all the Spanish classes, in addition to these students’ interest in learning more about the Spanish language and culture helped them achieve great results in the contest. In the Beginner category Anastasiia got the fifth place prize, in the Intermediate category Naomi got the fourth place prize and in the Advanced – Spanish Plus category Edward got the third place prize. It is exciting to see many students, not only from TCS but from many other school boards, interested in learning Spanish and about the Spanish/Latin culture.

- By Professora Maria Velasquez-Labrecque, languages & culture department