Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2007

(Tucson, AZ)
Estimated printed pages: 3


District expanding Spanish instruction

After a one-year delay, the Catalina Foothills School District will introduce its new Spanish-language program to elementary-school students when school resumes Aug. 13.

Elementary schools will devote 30 minutes of the school day to Spanish instruction, with students in first through fifth grades learning the language Mondays through Fridays and kindergarten students learning Spanish four days a week.

The program means students in the district have the opportunity to learn Spanish in every grade.

The elementary curriculum will focus on conversational Spanish and the basic concepts of language, such as greetings. The program will make connections with other subjects, especially social studies, said Myriam Ortega, who will teach Spanish at Ventana Vista Elementary School. " ...