Friday, May 22, 2009

PSJA graduates first students from bilingual program

This dual language program began 13 years ago and the first students are graduating. They will have many more jobs and careers available to them in this tough economy we have now. Let's hope other schools do this too. - - Donna Poisl

by Jennifer L. Berghom, The Monitor

SAN JUAN — Learning the three R's in English and Spanish simultaneously did not come easy to Oscar Martinez at first.

Martinez started participating in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district's dual-language program when he was in kindergarten at Pharr Elementary School.

Having learned only English at home, Martinez, now 18, found it difficult to understand some of his teachers who would give lessons in Spanish. By sixth grade, however, he could read, write and carry on conversations in his second language.

But the most encouraging result for him was that he was finally able to have a conversation in Spanish with his grandfather, something he hadn't been able to do without help from family members.
Be sure to read the rest of this story! This is only a small part of it.

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