For the purposes of registration in the Spanish Language Fair, “native / non-traditional students” are defined as children who:

  • live in a home where Spanish is spoken (i.e. native or heritage speakers)
  • have lived for an extended period of time (one year or more) in a Spanish-speaking country
  • have completed an Immersion Program in elementary school

Please pay close attention to this feature on the registration form! Regardless of the class in which students are enrolled in their school, students must be registered in the proper language level. For example, if your Spanish 2 student Fulanito lives in a home where Spanish is spoken, he would need to be registered in the Non-Traditional category, regardless of the Spanish class he is taking.

Do NOT register any students who meet one or more of the qualifications above in a category other than the Non-Traditional category (the student will be disqualified if competing at a level lower than his or her actual ability).

Native/Non-Traditional speakers can sign up for every event but will need to be registered as native speakers/non-traditional students for the different events.

Also, all high school students cannot sign up for poetry recital or impromptu conversation. Finally, only high school students, of all levels, can sign up for impromptu talks and advanced reading. The motive for the aforementioned restrictions is purely for reasons of numbers and space.

Please do not hesitate to email if you have any questions.