The newsletter of the Herricks ESL and World Language Department
Volume 9, Issue 3 | June 2010 | High School Edition
Fun Tips for Summer Study Karaoke Latino
Keeping your language skills sharp during the summer Students sing “en español” and raise money for charity
Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez MinKyung Shin, Spanish student
Chair, ESL and World Language Department th
On March 19 , the Spanish Honor Society held
Karaoke Latino for all students to express their interest
After having language classes every day over the past in Spanish language songs with friends and teachers.
10 months, you might be tempted to relax and take the We met in Cafeteria B for the event with a projector, a
next two months off! However, there are fun ways to screen, and snacks, and spent two hours in laughter.
Everyone cheered and applauded as the Spanish
keep your language fresh in your mind during our
teachers started the event by singing “Aquí estoy yo.” It
summer break. Try some of these tips: was followed by “Ave María” by the students of Spanish
1. Find a pen pal National Honor Society. Students were encouraged by
the group performances and many participated in
2. Rent and watch a foreign film
singing for their classmates. All the proceeds were
3. Read or watch foreign news online donated to Corazón a corazón (www.cacny.org) to
4. Find native speakers in your community help children in need of heart surgery.
5. Join or start a conversation group
6. Visit an ethnic restaurant Kevin Louie, Spanish student
7. Find a book or magazine in your library Ms. O’Shea’s period seven Spanish 4 Honors class
8. Use a FL search engine to explore your interests participated in the school-wide Karaoke Latino
9. Join a foreign language discussion board Fundraiser. Ms. O’Shea’s period seven class decided
10. Visit a foreign language chat room to perform with live music, including a guitar
accompaniment by Alex Thomas ’11 and drummers
11. Plan a trip
Harrison Marder ’11 and Parth Patel ’11. The class
12. Study abroad sang Daddy Yankee’s “¿Qué Tengo que Hacer?” The
13. Explore a foreign language magazine Spanish class, consisting of juniors, brought its A-game
14. Locate heritage events in your area with a fantastic cover of the song. Ms. O’Shea’s class
15. Listen to foreign language music practiced very hard for the performance and its work
paid off. The class enjoyed both singing for the other
For more details and tips, visit: students and helping fundraise for charity.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
1 Keeping language skills sharp during the summer
1 Students sing “en español” and raise money for charity
2 Students learn about famous figures in Spanish classes
2 Italian students learn the secrets of cooking
Nuestras personas famosas
as a drummer and musician. He helped develop the
musical genre of mambo. Mambo is a combination of
Students learn about famous human rights activists, an improvement of swing and jazz. He was very
musicians, and historical figures in their classes passionate about the music connected to his heritage.
He is the composer and the author of many different
songs like “Ran Kan Kan” and “Mambo Diablo.” He
Lilian Chen and Suditi Sood
was born in East Harlem, New York in 1923. Puente
Spanish students attended the prestigious school Juilliard. Even
though he died on June 1, 2000, his legend and music
Whether learning to speak Spanish or listening to will always live on.
music, we learn a great deal about the history of the
Spanish-speaking countries and the people who live
there in Ms. Finazzo’s Spanish class. One of the most A Visit from Our Nonna
memorable and admirable historic figures whom we
Italian students learn the secrets of cooking from a
studied in class was Rigoberta Menchu, whose story is
intense and interesting. This story seemed incredible
to our class because it was the story of a little girl
Ms. Agnese Iaconis
escaping the tortures endured by the indigenous Italian teacher
people in Guatemala.
The highlight of this semester's Italian cooking class
After escaping, she was able to inform others about featured Nonna Rosaria, a native Italian from Sicily,
the inhumanities the upper classes committed and who guest-lectured, visiting the class for two days to
how the people of Guatemala were blind to these teach the students how to make almond biscotti, fresh
injustices. She said, ricotta, and primosale, a specialty cheese from Sicily.
The students enjoyed the preparation of these native
“We are not myths of the past, ruins in the Sicilian foods but enjoyed tasting them a lot more!
jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want
to be respected, not to be victims of Try this simple almond biscotti recipe at home!
intolerance and racism.”
~Rigoberta Menchu INGREDIENTS
1 cup sugar
Her plan was a 1/2 cup butter, softened
success. By 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
educating others 2 eggs
about the racism and 3 cups all-purpose flour
brutal conditions that
1 teaspoon baking powder
her family suffered for
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted & chopped
others were motivated
to use non-violence
to fight for their human rights. Rigoberta Menchu won
1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
the Nobel Peace Prize for all of her endeavors in non-
2. Beat sugar, butter, orange peal and eggs in
violent actions and her hard work in sharing her
large electric mixer bowl on medium speed.
people’s history with the world.
Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in
almonds. Divide dough in half. Shape each
Some other people we learned
half into rectangle, 10x3 inches, on
about were Cesar Chavez, another
ungreased cookie sheet.
non-violent protester who fought for
3. Bake about 20 minute or until toothpick
the human rights of all the
inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on
hardworking farmers; Simon
cookie sheet 15 minutes. Cut crosswise into
Bolivar and his struggle to create a
1/2 - inch slices. Turn slices cut sides down
unified and independent Latin
on cookie sheet.
America; and many others. Each
figure has a story to tell, and we 4. Bake about 15 minutes or until crisp and
light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to
must learn from their experiences.
wire rack. After they've cooled, the biscotti
have easily be stored in a re-sealable
Another person whom we covered this year was Tito
storage bag. Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
Puente. We watched a documentary about his career