As part of an effort immersing kindergartners in two languages, an entire class believes that their teacher does not know how to speak English.
Parent volunteers and visitors including the principal must speak Spanish, or talk outside the room when teacher Yvette Buendia is there. During the day, if they students want to ask questions, give answers, or just talk, they must do so in Spanish.
They must only speak English with their other teacher, Adriana Garcia. They believe that she knows no Spanish.
In the Orange Unified School District in California, the first Spanish Immersion Program is underway and it is an innovative approach. When parents applied to enroll their children, the kids were given assessments and are on the path that will continue through elementary school and throughout middle and high school.
A bilingual first grade teacher will continue with this class of 30 students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. One third are from Spanish speaking homes, one third from English speaking homes, and one third from bilingual homes. The goal is for them to not only be bilingual, but biliterate as well.