Spanish Day

When is Spanish Day?

Spanish Day is an event hosted annually by Northern Michigan University's Department of Languages, Literatures and International Studies. In 2020 it will be held on Friday, March 13, from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM in the Jacobetti Center. 

What do you do at Spanish Day?

Activities include a visit to our Spanish-speaking country and several competitions (see the passport and visa links below to learn what students do at Españolandia). We also have a language bowl, singing, show and tell, and skit competitions. Instructions for the competitions may change year to year, so check back for updates for next year's Spanish Day. Entry forms are required for each competition. Here are links to instructions and their entry forms:

Skit Instructions  Word format Skit Entry Form Word format Show and Tell Word Format
Language Bowl Instructions Word format Language Bowl Entry Form Word format
Song Instructions Word format Spanish Song Entry Form Word format    

2020 Competition Schedules

Songs, Skits, and Show & Tell Schedule
Spanish Bowl 2nd Year Schedule
Spanish Bowl 3rd Year Schedule


An awards assembly culminates the day. For your convenience, you might consider eating at the Northern Lights cafeteria on campus. 

Who can participate in Spanish Day?

As always, for crowd and maturity control, attendance is limited to students in their second, third, fourth, or fifth year of Spanish.  Please commit your students to acting responsibly and to staying involved in the field day activities. 

Do you need to apply to attend Spanish Day?

Yes. Each year, we need to know how many students will come so that we can make adequate arrangements.  For this reason, we encourage you to apply early--if we surpass 500 students we will likely have to turn subsequent applicants away. We also need to know how many teams/individuals will participate in each competition, so high school teachers must return the Reply Form to Tim Compton by Friday, February 28, 2020. All students will visit Españolandia, and they should all participate in at least one of the competitions.  If you have questions or comments, call: (906)227-1107 or e-mail

Instructor responsibilities:

  1. Return the survey by Friday, February 28, 2020.
  2. Arrange for transportation to/from the university.
  3. Have your students start preparing for the competitions.
  4. Expect further word from us.

Information to print:

We thank you in advance for your continued support of NMU's Spanish Day.