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There are 2 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 3, 2008, titled Spelling bee gets a Spanish spin -- Arts and Culture, Lake Coun.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Children at a north suburban school stepped to the microphone Wednesday in one of the first Spanish spelling bees statewide, joining a growing effort to put a multilingual spin on the traditionally English ...

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Mary

Hoffman Estates, IL

#1 Apr 6, 2008
I am a first grade dual language teacher at Townline Elementary, the school that had the Spanish spelling bee. I brought this article and some of the posted comments to my students attention, and we had a very thoughtful discussion. Every single child said that they are thankful for being in dual language. Their ability to speak two languages at only six or seven years old is one of the things they value most. The children were proud of their siblings and friends in older grades for working hard in the spelling bee.
Some of my students were interested in writing their own comments. Here are some of their (unedited) reflections that they typed up themselves...

I think it is important that some people are learning and speaking foreign
languages. English, Spanish, Russian are the three most spoken languages
here in America. And they still need more speakers. I like how this works.
If you don't beleive this, I don't mind. Go ahead. But I know that more than
one person believes me.

-Jackson
Dear Newspaper
I think learning many languages is a great idea. Because if gives us
more brain power. And because I think that it is very fun to learn.
-Valerie

Dear Tribune,
my spanish class teachers mehow to speak spanish. I know to speek
spanish for now. But I speek better spanish and english because of
spanish.
Jennifer

Dear Tribune,
It's better knowing more than just one language becuase of you want to
go somewhere where they speak a language you do not know what, or how
to speak to them, or to answer them. Ellie

Thank you for letting me speak spanish.
Love Rebekah

Mitch
I think people should speek two languages
Moqtada

Pekin, IL

#2 Apr 6, 2008
Mary wrote:
I am a first grade dual language teacher at Townline Elementary, the school that had the Spanish spelling bee. I brought this article and some of the posted comments to my students attention, and we had a very thoughtful discussion. Every single child said that they are thankful for being in dual language. Their ability to speak two languages at only six or seven years old is one of the things they value most. The children were proud of their siblings and friends in older grades for working hard in the spelling bee.
Some of my students were interested in writing their own comments. Here are some of their (unedited) reflections that they typed up themselves...
I think it is important that some people are learning and speaking foreign
languages. English, Spanish, Russian are the three most spoken languages
here in America. And they still need more speakers. I like how this works.
If you don't beleive this, I don't mind. Go ahead. But I know that more than
one person believes me.
-Jackson
Dear Newspaper
I think learning many languages is a great idea. Because if gives us
more brain power. And because I think that it is very fun to learn.
-Valerie
Dear Tribune,
my spanish class teachers mehow to speak spanish. I know to speek
spanish for now. But I speek better spanish and english because of
spanish.
Jennifer
Dear Tribune,
It's better knowing more than just one language becuase of you want to
go somewhere where they speak a language you do not know what, or how
to speak to them, or to answer them. Ellie
Thank you for letting me speak spanish.
Love Rebekah
Mitch
I think people should speek two languages
You are making a difference!!! Thank you!

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