The last question on my Beginners Spanish final exam was: “How did you prepare for this exam?” The students had to answer the question in the past.
Some of them went over the grammar to prepare, some read the textbook, other looked at their notes. One student, however, wrote the following,”I didn’t really prepare. I just watched Latin American soap operas and El sabado gigante. And on my way to class, I listened to some Spanish music.”
Not only did this student do a lot better on the exam than everybody else, she also did a lot better than I expected her to.
Well, at least one person had taken my recommendations as to how to prepare for the exam seriously. The students seem to think that I’m trying to be funny when I say that the best way to prepare for a language exam is by watching TV and listening to music.