Students in Mrs. Daniela Rozanes’ AP Spanish Literature and AP Spanish Language & Culture classes, and Mr. Marc Robert’s Spanish V class collaborated on an intensive project to produce a Spanish-language digital magazine, El rincón del trueno (Thunder Corner).
The advanced language students produced all of the magazine’s content in Spanish, including articles about sports, technology, social commentary, travel, entertainment, and music. In addition to the articles, there is an in-depth review of two local restaurants, a one-on-one interview with math teacher Mr. Azcona-Mesa, original poetry, and videos.
Joshua Fernandez ‘19 took the lead as the editor of the magazine. The senior, who originally suggested the idea to create a student-written Spanish-language magazine, designed the website which hosts the project and edited several of the submitted articles.
“My goal with this magazine was to help people understand more about Spanish culture. I wanted to be sure we covered a variety of topics to be sure that we gave a well-rounded view. This project was a big challenge...I had never made a website before or had to coordinate the different things that so many people needed to do to make it come together. I talked to my dad a lot—he’s a manager, and he gave me a lot of good advice.”
Spanish V student Chloe Spingler ‘19 enjoyed the challenging project, notably the research she did for her article and using her Spanish skills in a new way. “This project was special in the sense that I used my language immersion skills in a different context than I ever had before. It was eye opening for me that a medium I am so familiar with could become so new once again...I was able to witness the width and breath of my Spanish understanding unfold as I articulate my thoughts in Spanish instead of English.”
While the students who created the content certainly learned through the process, this online publication doubles as a resource to help other Spanish students practice their Spanish reading comprehension. The advanced Spanish students plan to produce a second edition this spring. View the first issue of El rincón del trueno.