Teaching to Learn: Spanish Students Teach Spanish Speakers to Learn Their Language

By Lucia Varona.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Description of a Community Based Program helps Elementary and Intermediate Spanish students to learn Spanish while they help in an adult education program.

Keywords: Spanish, Community Based Learning, Adult Education, Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, Intercultural Education.

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 9, pp.207-214. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 799.907KB).

Dr. Lucia Varona

I was born and raced among the Kekchí Indians in the province of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. My father was an immigrant from Paris, France. My mother a Guatemalan. Respect and love for different cultures was early instilled in me by my father and mother who themselves embrace the Kekchí culture as well as the French, and the Guatemalan. My first language was the Kekchí, a Mayan language spoken today by almost 300,000 people in Guatemala and Belize. All my basic education was in Spanish. In 1968 I went to Yankton, South Dakota for one year to learn English hoping to learn and meet Native Americans. From 1979 to 1987 I worked in Guatemala City as the Coordinator of the Education Program of a non profit organization which had programs for adults and children. In 1987 my family and I, moved from Guatemal to Lawrence, Kansas and then to California, where we live in Hollister. I have been teaching Spanish and Latin American Cultures and Civilizations in Santa Clara University since 1991.

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