Ring Elementary School English as a Second Language students in Durrin See’s classes received a special visit from Falconer Central School Colleen Holsinger’s Spanish class. The high school students visited Mrs. See’s class to read with her students.
“Thank you so much for coming today. My students have been so excited to for you to come,” said Mrs. See. “This will be so good for them to see you reading in their native language and valuing their language. We tell them all the time that a second language is a positive thing but to see you all come in really reinforces it. By reading with my students, you are also helping them with their English skills.”
Mrs. See’s daughter is in Mrs. Holsinger’s Spanish class and the two teachers met and decided on the collaboration at an Open House.
“This is a great opportunity for my students to read in Spanish and actually use the language they are learning in class,” said Mrs. Holisinger.
The students paired off and read a variety of books. Reading both in Spanish and English, the pairs helped each other through the books.
“This is so awesome,” said Ring Elementary School fourth grader Pablo Guzman. “It is so much fun to read with the big kids and I’m correcting her when she doesn’t say the Spanish words right!”
“This is such a great experience,” said Pablo’s partner, Falconer senior Brittany Wright. “We really get to experience reading with a native language person and he’s really helped me out when I’m not pronouncing a word correctly in Spanish.”