Two teachers came from their native country of Spain within the past few years to teach in the dual language program at Woodland School District 50 in Gurnee. Both brought with them a special technique of teaching that they use in the third grade classrooms, where they instruct only in Spanish.
Several hundred Duval County students are taking part in a unique program. It's a program that's not only helping them learn English and a foreign language, but also learn about another culture. The students in Mrs. Amanda Tygarts classroom are not your typical third graders. They are all bilingual.
In a classroom at Halethorpe Elementary School, Eileen Freed was polling her fourth-grade students on what they like to do. When she said nadar, the Spanish word for "to swim," she moved her arms as if she was swimming. When she said cantar, the Spanish word for "to sing," she and her students held out the second "a."
Proposition 58, placed on the ballot by the state Legislature, was approved by voters with a 73.5 percent majority on Nov. 8, 2016. The proposition implements the California Multilingual Education Act of 2016, which was introduced in the Legislature by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens.
The new 2016 Student Ambassador of the Year is Kristen Ha from the University of California Irvine.
The Embassy of Spain - Trade Commission Miami recognize her outstanding performance as ‘Study in Spain’ Student Ambassador during 2016, collaborating with this Government office in the dissemination of the Spanish Education, Culture and Languages.