Tammara Mejia asks her first-grade students something in Spanish and they respond in English.
Down the hall, Jaime C. Torne teaches science in English and his fifth-grade students converse with each other in Spanish.Both classrooms in West Chicago Elementary District 33 feature a mix of native Spanish-speakers and native English-speakers."We're actually honoring and keeping both languages," Torne said. "We want them to be bilingual, we want them to be bicultural and we want them to be skilled in biliteracy, so they can read, write, speak and listen in both languages fluently."
For the past two years, this has been a common sight at the district's Gary Elementary School, where every student is taught English and Spanish, from kindergarten to fifth grade.
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