Spanish Immersion Classes in E. Lansing

By: Jennifer Dowling Email
By: Jennifer Dowling Email

Some young students in East Lansing are learning how to speak Spanish through a new program at the Bailey Community Center. It is a Spanish Immersion Class for pre-schoolers that just started this week. Teacher Miss Rosa Oyola says she speaks very little English in the class but kids pick up the language faster than adults. She says their brains are like a sponge before they turn 4 years-old. She says they also will be able to pick up the second language easier when they take classes in middle school, high school and college in the future. Julie Anne Jennings says the program costs $350.00 a month. If parents want to enroll their kids in the English speaking portion, it is $600.00 a month.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Los Angeles, California on Sep 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    It is eye-opening and also very sad for me to read just how closed-minded many people remain in this country - which was founded by immigrants in case we've forgotten. Founded because people were seeking freedom to live life the way they wanted. Over 200 years later, our country still stands for this very thing today: freedom - not just for us - but for anyone who has a dream and the desire to make it happen. News alert! The Latino population is the *fastest* growing in the nation so if you don't like the Spanish language (or any other language other than English) then you'll only be more perturbed by those who habla espanol. Open your mind to things you don't know and may not understand - get out of your comfort zone! Learn about others and in this process, learn more about your self! Buena suerte y dios bendiga!
  • by Doug Location: Lansing on Sep 9, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    That "Spanish nonsense" provides these young English speaking (approximately 340 million people worldwide speak English) kids with the opportunity to learn a second language and, hopefully, the ability to converse/compete with the other 340 million people worldwide who speak Spanish. By the way, the Lansing area also has a Chinese (over 1 billion people worldwide speak Chinese)immersion program. I think these kids should learn that as a 3rd or 2nd language and Hindi as a 4th in order to be able to compete in the new world. Maybe you would prefer they grow up narrow minded, stay isolated from the world, learn Latin (no offense to Latinos intended), and work in a box? I am sure that would do wonders for the future of the US.
  • by Brian Location: Hillsdale on Sep 8, 2008 at 06:28 PM
    When is all the Spanish nonsense going to stop! We are in the U.S. not Mexico! Speak the language or get out period. How is America ever suppose to have common ground if there`s 20 different languages amongst our country? People need to understand what this country stands for and what our people have fought for! That doesn`t mean catering to those who wave their flags (from another country) on U.S. soil. Sounds like these people are proud to be in the United States huh? If they come here they should adapt to the way we live! Not how they live back home!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    Better idea is to TEACH the Illegal's kids ENGLISH! As I dont know of too many kids here that are going to graduate and MOVE to Mexico! I realize that it is easier to teach kids and they learn faster then adults. However, With the Way our Immigration system is, we need to Push for everyone to learn PROPER ENGLISH!
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