The Northfield Public School District is hosting public feedback sessions today and tomorrow (PDF of Supt. Chris Richardson’s memo) on the Compañeros Partial-Immersion Spanish Program currently offered at Bridgewater and Greenvale Park Elementary schools.
It’s hard to discern what the issues are. I thought the program was for English-speaking kids to learn Spanish but the 11/28 Nfld News story titled Public will opine on immersion program says:
When the program began, the district had only a handful of students with a limited proficiency in English. But as its Latino population has blossomed, Companeros has become a place where Spanish-speaking students have gained Spanish literacy skills and a proficiency in English.
Huh? The program has become a type of ESL (ELL) program? If so, how did that happen? And what have been the pros and cons of this development?