175. What opportunities exist for foreign language educators like myself (who are not fluent) to become fluent in the language? Are there any "immersion" programs that do not require moving out of the country for a year? Moving to a Spanish speaking country is not an option for me at this point, but I would love to improve my speaking abilities and eventually become fluent in Spanish. Any ideas or suggestions?
Well, I am sure there are options -- and your question may suggest to Dr. Andre L. Guerrero that he may wish to provide an INTENSIVE SPANISH COURSE for teacher in the summer RIGHT THERE in ARKANSAS!!!!!! It would be wonderful to "immerse" English teachers like yourself who wish to become bilingual Spanish-English teachers!!!!! What a great opportunity to make the Spanish-speaking families available to teachers as "daily tutors" during a very intensive Spanish language development course for TEACHERS!!!!!!! Some time ago here in California we had a very successful Spanish immersion program for teachers in which during (and after) the program we contracted with local Spanish-speaking tutors to provide one hour a day of Spanish tutorial services BY PHONE to the Special Education specialists and teachers who participated in the program!!!!!!! This model would be wonderful for Arkansas!!!! Well, talk to or e-mail Dr. Andre L. Guerrero your needs and your rationale for providing such an opportunity to teachers RIGHT THERE in ARKANSAS!!!!!!
You may wish to do something similar --contract with a Spanish-speaking for tutorial services just for you. Also contact your local colleges and universities. They may offer Spanish conversation courses at convenient hours for you. There are many opportunities now through audio tapes, CD's, etc. I believe I even saw a TV program at very early hours of the day in which the local public TV station was offering Spanish classes.
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