Thursday, October 30, 2003

Learning Spanish

The Washington Post has an interesting article today about teaching Spanish to Latino kids ("Speaking to Student Heritage").
Ligia Glass stood in front of the Spanish class at Prince William County's Woodbridge High School and posed the question to the students, all of whom were Latino: Why were they taking Spanish when they had grown up hearing or speaking the language?

Pedro Medina, a senior, was ready with an answer for Glass, a professor visiting the class. "It's the same as Americans who take English classes. They want to get better at English," said Pedro, 16, who spent much of his childhood in Puerto Rico. "We want to get better at Spanish."
It's an interesting approach toward teaching language that makes a lot of sense; hopefully, they will be able to formalize the curricula and get similar programs into other communities and language groups.

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