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APSU opens lines of communication between teachers and Spanish-speaking students

Local teachers can prepare to meet the needs of an increasing Hispanic population with Austin Peays Conversational Spanish, Part 1.

Offered through the Universitys Center for Extended and Distance Education, the course will meet from 6-8 p.m., Mondays, April 26-June 7, at 106 Public Square, Clarksville.
Local teachers can prepare to meet the needs of an increasing Hispanic population with Austin Peay's “Conversational Spanish, Part 1.”

Offered through the University's Center for Extended and Distance Education, the course will meet from 6-8 p.m., Mondays, April 26-June 7, at 106 Public Square, Clarksville.

Under the 2001 “No Child Left Behind” law, schools are required to produce yearly improvements in language fluency and achievement among students speaking English as a second language. With the 2000 census reporting 33 percent of Spanish-speaking residents in the Clarksville/Hopkinsville, Ky., area speak English “less than very well,” knowledge of the Spanish language especially is important for local educators.

“Teachers and school administrators who can communicate in Spanish with Spanish-speaking children and their families …create an environment in which all students have the opportunity to learn and excel,” says Mary Alice Burkhart, Center coordinator of noncredit and customized programs. “The benefits of learning even a few key phrases in Spanish impact the teacher, child, school and community.”

The course fee is $81 and the text fee is $15.

To register in person, visit the Center's offices from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 106 Public Square, Clarksville. To register by phone, telephone 7816.

Early registration is recommended. For further information, telephone 7816.
—Terry Stringer