136. At my school, Spanish I, II, and III includes learning to READ, WRITE, as well as speak Spanish. In my experience with English only students, we cannot assume because they speak English that they can also read and write English. As you know our literacy rates are not good. So why would it not be appropriate for an ESL student to enroll in Spanish?

It is not only appropriate, but should be recommended to ALL students, including Hispanic students, to enroll in Spanish. However, just like an English-ONLY speaker would find ESL 1, or ESL 2, too simple because (s)he is a fully fluent English speaker --although (s)he may be a poor English reader and/or speller, a Spanish speaker would find Spanish 1, or Spanish 2, too simple because (s)he is a fully fluent Spanish speaker --although (s)he may be a poor Spanish reader and/or speller.

So, the key question is: At which level should Spanish-speakers enroll? I would NEVER recommend a fully fluent Spanish-speaking student to enroll in Spanish 1 or Spanish 2 just to learn to read and/or write Spanish. I would NEVER recommend a fully fluent English-speaking students to enroll in English-As-A-Second Language 1 or 2 class just to learn to read and/or write English. However, I would very strongly urge ALL Spanish-speaking students to enroll in Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 where they can develop or improve their reading and writing skills and continue to develop vocabulary and continue to perfect their Spanish-speaking skills as well as learn grammar.


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