“The tables allow them to feel more comfortable than in other classes,” Barnish said. “It also lets them feel as if that’s their moment on stage.”
Because poems are more rhythmic compared to other forms of writing, Barnish encouraged students to think of them as songs in order to help them memorize.
“I feel the presentation will help build our confidence in speaking,” sophomore Presiosa Prieto said. “Also, since we have to memorize the poem, this presentation will train our brains to switch from thinking in English to thinking in Spanish.”
Students must recite the poem from memory and presentations cannot exceed a minute.
“This project in Spanish will give me confidence in public speaking because speaking in a different language is difficult, and once it’s mastered in front of an audience, anything else would seem easier in comparison,” Wiley said.