What is a better way to test student’s food vocabulary in Spanish class than having them practice at a restaurant where Spanish is primarily spoken? However, how do you do this when large groups are not welcomed at restaurants because of the pandemic?

This was the dilemma facing Christina Hernández, Mile High Academy Spanish teacher.

It was decided, after careful planning and discussion, that remaining on campus and having students cook the meal would be the safest way to test their vocabulary while also experiencing delicious fare.

With a plan in place, students voted to make huevos rancheros. Hernandez gathered the required ingredients: frijoles (beans), tostados, queso (cheese), salsa, huevos (eggs) and avocados to make the tasty meal and test their vocabulary skills.

Students used the ingredients to put together the perfect dish, while practicing their Spanish language skills. “Making our own eggs for huevos rancheros was super fun,” said Noah Warner, MHA sophomore.

Students enjoyed the creative approach to class as well as the food.

“The food was extraordinary, and I thoroughly enjoyed our cooking process,” Jaden McCottry, MHA sophomore said.

According to participating students, the Spanish classes have provided a fun, hands-on opportunity to learn a new language, which sometimes involves the bonus of being tasty.

–Amelia Eno is a sophomore at Mile High Academy; photos supplied