This year, the Uppers will embark on an intensive Spanish immersion program wherein they will hear only Spanish for an hour each afternoon. Profe Yonas will focus his teaching on vocabulary and grammar so students can grow their skills and be able to use Spanish in a real-world, communicative context. The Uppers will learn the rules of Spanish grammar and the many exceptions so that they feel they can put they vocabulary words we study to use. Students will be encouraged to speak even if it means making mistakes. All students will learn Spanish as a communicative tool used by real people in real places as far away as San Cristóbal, the Dominican Republic, and as close as Main Street in Greenfield.