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News Archive -2005

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The Charlotte Observer
November 28, 2005
Bilingual at a Young Age
Ask Charlie Lewin in English where his nose is, and he'll stare back at you blankly. But if you ask "donde esta tu nariz?" the 17-month-old will take his teeny right index finger and smush his nose. Mother Laura Lewin beams, explaining that one of his first words was "agua," or "water." Charlie isn't learning all these new words from her, but from the Ecuadoran au pair she hired to help her care for her three kids—and in the process, teach them Spanish.

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Arizona Republic
December 23 , 2005
Elementary Program Gives Students Spanish Exposure
On a recent morning, Madison Christman, a second-grader at Cave Creek's Desert Willow Elementary School, was putting the finishing touches on her essay about her family Christmas tree. "Huele como pino y canela," the 7-year-old wrote in flawless Spanish, describing the tree that smells of pine and cinnamon. Madison is one of 150 English-speaking first-, second- and third-graders at Desert Willow who read, write, speak and study in Spanish during 50 to 80 percent of their day.

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December 16, 2005
DOD Program to Recruit Language Speakers
The Defense Department last week launched a program that would help native speakers of languages deemed critical to national security acquire English proficiency so they may "effectively" function in federal government or private-sector positions, project officials tell Inside the Pentagon. Under the "English for Heritage Language Speakers" (EHLS) program, participants will partake in a six-month, 720-hour intensive course designed to raise English language skills, while familiarizing students with the federal government's use of language, Kevin Gormley told ITP Dec. 12.


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