Here are two story writes. Students had 25 minutes to write a story. No notes, no dictionary, no questions: write what you can en español.
These kids have had about 35 hours of input, zero writing/talking practice, very few grammar pop-ups, no workbook etc exercises. As close to pure comprehensible input as you can get before moving into story listening.
First, Kaye. She is originally from the Philippines, and Spanish is her fourth language. I’m including her story because
A. it’s good
B. Kaye likes Duolingo…you can see her playing around with words I havn’t used.
Next, Bani. She is from the Punjab, and Spanish is her 4th language. What can I say? She rocks!
Note: not all students did this well. For the kids who are there for 19/20 classes and who pay attention, the average wordcount was about 175 and grammar mark 2.5/3. The skippers and burnouts do much, much worse.