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Spain: Language, Community, and Social Change


This semester, I had the pleasure of volunteering at Gómez Moreno, a public primary and pre-elementary school. Starting in March, I volunteered every Tuesday and Thursday, first in an English class from 4 to 5 pm and then in an aerobic class from 5 to 6 pm. Although both classes proved to be beneficial to both my development in the Spanish language and my understanding of Spanish culture, I found the English class to be especially interesting and thought provoking. I observed the teaching techniques, disciplinary methods and the interests of the children. Through this careful observation, informal interviews and outside research, I was able to formulate a hypothesis about young (ages 3 through 6) Spanish students of the English language. Based on the knowledge gained through this experience, I believe that the globalization of interests of children in Spain helps to support an interest in learning the English language.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education