“The enthusiasm for Destinos has been tremendous”, says Juan Muñiz, Executive Director of IME. “In meetings and at presentations, I frequently hear people say they would like to learn Spanish. This is an outstanding opportunity in a relaxed format.”
The aim of this program is to empower more citizens with the ability to speak Spanish and reach out to help the Latino community in Kalamazoo. Communication, whether at school or at work, is key to making sure everyone has the opportunity to be part of the community.
According to learner.org: “Destinos teaches speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in Spanish. This telenovela, or Spanish soap opera, immerses students in everyday situations with native speakers and introduces the cultures, accents, and dialects of Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Understanding of Spanish and appreciation of many Hispanic cultures increase as students become absorbed in the mysterious and entertaining story. Closed captioning in Spanish can be used as a teaching and literacy resource. The series is also appropriate for teacher professional development.”
In addition to a classroom of citizens, teachers at Edison Environmental Science Academy are also being offered the course. Both the community and teacher courses will be conducted after school in the library.
The first class is already full but future classes have yet to be formed. If you are interested in learning Spanish through this excellent course, contact us and we will add you to the list.