RAHWAY — Two Rahway High School students, Angel Diaz and Luis Fernandez, were recently honored by the Foreign Language Teachers of New Jersey (FLENJ). Fernandez won a scholarship for $1,000 after writing an essay and interviewing with a FLENJ Executive Board member. Both young men created a video that was the first runner up in the student podcast contest.
The theme of the video podcast contest was “Children of many languages in New Jersey: Learning and using more the one language, whether at home, within the community, or at school, is an essential skill for life in the 21st century.” Videos were judged on the following criteria: content, creativity, execution, and effect. Susana Monteiro’s Rahway High School Honors Spanish IV students learned in class about job placement, creating videos of their own choice in teams of two or three.
Diaz and Fernandez worked together on a script about a customer service employee who does not speak Spanish and whose supervisor threatens to fire him if he does not learn the language. Afraid of losing his job, the employee studies Spanish and then is able to communicate with his customers over the phone. Diaz played both parts by stopping the recording and changing shirts where necessary.