What is the BYU Spanish Language Fair?
The BYU Spanish Language Fair is an annual competitive event designed to allow middle, junior high, and high school students to showcase the language skills they have acquired by studying a foreign language. The event is held at the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah.
The Spanish Language Fair consists of competitions in the following events: language bowl, humorous stories, impromptu conversations, impromptu talks, poetry recitations, prepared talks, show and tell, “Spanish Fair Idol”, and skits. More information about each event can be found by selecting the name of the event in the “Spanish Fair Events” dropdown menu.
Students are divided into the following language levels: Middle/Intermediate School (Second Year Traditional and Any Year Non-Traditional), Junior High School (Second Year Traditional, Third Year Traditional, and Any Year Non-Traditional), and High School (Second Year Traditional, Third Year Traditional, Fourth Year Traditional, and Any Year Non-Traditional).
The “Non-Traditional” category is the advanced category, which includes all fifth-year Spanish students, immersion students, native/heritage Spanish speakers, and students who have lived in a Spanish-speaking country for an extended period of time. Regardless of the Spanish class students are enrolled in, students who qualify as “non-traditional” students must enroll in events in the non-traditional language level.
First year Spanish students (such as Spanish 1 or beginning Spanish) cannot participate in the the Spanish Language Fair or Españolandia.
Students competing in the Spanish Language Fair events are invited to participate in Españolandia as part of the Fair. Españolandia is a simulated travel experience to a Spanish-speaking country that allows fair attendees to practice their conversational skills after completing their competitive events.
How do I register my students for the Spanish Fair?
Information regarding registration can be found by clicking the Registration tab in the dropdown menu.
1) Registration for the 2020 Spanish Language Fair will open on Monday, February 3, 2020.
2) Register online through this website when registration opens.
3) Registration will close when 2,500 students have been registered (due to space limitations and fire code regulations).
4) There is a registration limit of 100 students per school. There is a $4 registration fee for each student attending Españolandia.
5) Only middle, junior high, and high school students enrolled in Spanish Language Level 2 or higher are eligible to participate.
6) Regardless of the Spanish class students are enrolled in, students who qualify as “non-traditional” students must enroll in events in the non-traditional language level.
7) Every student MUST participate in at least one competitive Spanish Language Fair event (one event outside of Españolandia. Students may NOT come with the intent of attending Españolandia only. Participation in Españolandia is offered as a reward to those who have worked hard to prepare for the competitions.
Thanks for your commitment to providing high quality language learning experiences for your students. We look forward to seeing you in April!
Note on Elementary School Participation
We regret that BYU can no longer host elementary school students at any of our foreign language fairs, (including the Spanish Fair), because we can no longer accommodate the number of schools that wish to attend. However, UVU is now hosting an annual Dual Language Immersion Fair for 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade elementary students. For more information on participating in UVU’s Dual Language Immersion Fair please click here.