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Holyoke Launches Spanish Lessons for Pre-Schoolers

Metcalf spanish pkg HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) –Maybe you wished you’d taken up a second language.

Now students at Holyoke’s Metcalf Pre-School are getting that chance.

What started out as just a pilot idea with space for just 10 kids got an overwhelming response from parents, and grew into two half-hour sessions for more than 30 kids. “This is the beginning of the two way program. It’s national, but here is the first time we’re going to do it. I’m excited, I’m excited for the city in a positive way,” said Dr. Sergio Paez, Superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools.

“I think it is easier for some people, when you’re younger, I think it is a gift, and it’s much easier, especially if you have someone to practice with,” Spanish Teacher Ana Malave said. “I think that the ability to have this dual language is going to create so many opening and open so many doors for them,” Principal Amy Burke stated.

Malave says that she hopes the program is so successful that it expands to elementary school.

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  • shawnm7

    WTF….Really..English 1st & NOTHING ELSE.This is the United States Of America?

  • medic3

    How about we teach the Spanish speaking kids English. Tired of catering to other languages. Next it’ll be Chinese, Russian, Somalian, Polish, Vietnamese, where does it stop? Easier to teach 1 language than 50. English ONLY

  • spfldresidents

    I Think that the ability to have this dual language is going to create so many opening and open so many doors for them, you read you would see that English is being taught!
    Its great for children to learn while their young, Many of you bashing them about this article are just mad you didn’t get they opportunity, maybe you liked someone spanish and didn’t get the time or day!! Don’t Hate!! Also stereo typing spanish about welfare and if you look at statistics a very big percentage are whites!! lets put it this way when drug dealers are caught yes many are spanish/black but true to say who’s their customers buying the drugs?? WHITE!!

  • alpinequeen

    Oh great, like we need more Spanish speaking people.

  • tiredofthemedia

    How do spell welfare in Spanish?

  • tiredofthemedia

    I just looked up the translation. It’s EBT

  • anonymous777

    STAY CALM AND DONOT FEED THE TROLLS ….THERE ARE MORE SPANISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THAN ENGLISH ONES WICH IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE KIDS..SECOND THE USA DOES NOT HAVE A FEDERALY RECOGNIZED LANGUAGE SO IT IS NOT ENGLISH ALTHOUGH IS THE MAIN ONE..THIRD SHAWN M HATES PUERTORICANS CAUSE THEY BANG HIS WIFE WHILE HES OUT AT WORK I KNOW FOR A FACT!

    • alpinequeen

      Sorry you lose. Spanish is not spoken in more countries than any other language. Here is your top ten list.

      #10 French – 129 million
      #9 Malay – Indonesian – 159 million
      #8 Portuguese – 191 million
      #7 Bengali – 211 million
      #6 Arabic – 246 million
      #5 Russian – 277 million
      #4 Spanish – 392 million
      #3 Hindustani – 497 million
      #2 English – 508 million

      And at number one, coming in a twice the number of Anglophiles, is…

      #1 Mandarin – 1 billion

      English is the principal language in more countries than any other language.

      Naturally, there are many subsets of dialects of the data presented above.

  • anonymous777

    Do you know how to read..i said there are more spanish speaking countries than enlish ones..not more than any other languages and your data backs up my statement..now stop trolling…

    • alpinequeen

      Yes, my knowledge of reading the English language is perfect, how’s yours?