My Spanish Immersion Experience

Katie Wight, Staff Writer

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My Spanish immersion journey started back when I was in kindergarten at Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center where I learned how to read, write, speak and comprehend information in a completely different language. Although there were many tears, I persevered those first few years and sooner than later, I was able to start up a conversation with adults in Spanish. Some of my favorite memories are going on field trips, reading and writing in Spanish, playing with friends and working on group projects.

One of my biggest challenges was transitioning from having math in Spanish to having math in English. I had to re-learn most of the vocabulary words and start thinking of the numbers in English rather than Spanish. Another challenge that I’ve always faced is not knowing certain words or phrases. There have been times that a teacher would make a joke and the class would start laughing while I sat there with a blank expression on my face. Someone would then have to explain the joke to me and by then, it isn’t funny anymore.

After my years at Emerson, I went to Anwatin to continue my immersion experiences and now at Roosevelt. The immersion program has not only taught me how to read and write, it’s taught and shown me kindness, courage, community and that we’re more than just a program, we’re a family.  

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My Spanish Immersion Experience