Parent Advocates for Spanish Immersion | January 2021
IMMERSION EDUCATION AFTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WHY CONTINUE SPANISH IMMERSION BEYOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?
Sioux Falls School District Spanish Immersion is a K-12 program. Sticking with immersion through high school graduation sets your child up for lifelong success.
- Spanish language fluency is often a distinguishing factor in both college acceptance and the workplace.
- Fluent communication skills in two languages rather than just one has college and career benefits in an increasingly globalized world.
- In addition to developing a lifelong ability to communicate with more people, children may derive other benefits from early language instruction: improved overall school performance, superior problem-solving skills, greater divergent-thinking skills, improved listen-ing skills and a deeper perspective of the world and appreciation for and understanding of different cultures.
(Above information taken from the Edison Middle School Spanish Immersion brochure. Learn more about how Spanish immersion education continues at Edison and beyond. Click here)
FROM THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (CARLA):
Will immersion graduates have trouble in university or college because they didn’t take high school subjects in English?
A survey of Canadian university students (Canadian Parents for French, 2005) found that the majority of immersion graduates surveyed reported no difficulty in adjusting to university courses offered in English. In fact, immersion graduates have more options than other students because in Canada they may choose to take some or all post-secondary courses in their second language. The majority of survey respondents reported no difficulty in making the transition from high school to university courses in French.
What are the cognitive benefits of being bilingual?
- Mental Flexibility
Bilinguals are better able to analyze their knowledge of language. They learn that there are at least two ways of saying the same thing and understand the relationship between words and their meaning. They are able to focus more on meaning and take into account only relevant features when there is distractive information. (Heightened metalinguistic awareness.) Bilinguals demonstrate more mental flexibility and perform better on tasks requiring mental manipulation. They are original in verbal expression, demonstrate non-verbal intelligence and can answer open-ended questions more freely than monolinguals (Lazaruk, in press).
- Increased sensitivity to others; heightened awareness, receptivity and appreciation of language.
Students with two well-developed languages are more sensitive to communication. There is some evidence to suggest that they are better able to understand the needs of others and to respond appropriately. Through exposure to cultural differences they may become more respectful of differences between people and their cultures and may be able to communicate with a large variety of people (Lazaruk, in press).
What are the employment benefits of immersion education?
Bilinguals have access to a wider range of national and international jobs. Thousands of businesses operate in more than one language – airlines, import-export companies and other international businesses require employees with second-language skills and cultural sensitivity.
(Read entire CARLA article here)
To hear directly from two members of our first senior class about how K-12 immersion education has impacted their lives, watch the video below:
SCRIP SCHEDULE UPDATE
Starting this week SCRIP gift card orders will be processed every week, instead of every other week. As a reminder:
- Mondays: Place your SCRIP orders by 8:00am.
- Wednesdays: If you paid by check, deliver your check to the SSE office by the end of the school day.
- Thursdays: Your gift cards will be delivered to your student's teacher unless you make other arrangements with LeAnn Minister.
If you have any questions please contact LeAnn Minister
CLASS OF 2021 SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP
Parents of seniors, let your students know PASI has a scholarship opportunity! Two $500 scholarships will be awarded this spring.
Scholarship recipient must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a 13 year Spanish Immersion student (grades K-12), having taken SI courses or Spanish language courses every year
- Must complete online application, including four short-answer questions and one essay
- Must provide your school transcript
- Must provide two letters of recommendation. Give the following link to your references for their submission of the letters: https://forms.gle/74jV3Y2dhjeEb3cD8
- Application: https://forms.gle/Xaic1nsrNmuJYe8K8
- Letter of Recommendation link (please provide to the student's references: https://forms.gle/74jV3Y2dhjeEb3cD8
Scholarship application form and essay, letters of recommendation, and transcripts due March 1, 2021. Please direct questions to email@example.com.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVOLVEMENT WITH PASI
In the coming months, PASI will need to fill a few positions on our board. If you are interested in any of the following positions, feel free to reach out by email now for more information. We are always happy to welcome new members and strive to have board members who represent all levels of the program.
General Board Members
Each of the two available open board member positions is a two-year commitment, with a possibility of running again to serve up to two more two-year terms.
The vice president/president/president emeritus position is a three-year commitment, with the elected person serving their first year as vice president, the next year as president, and the third year as president emeritus.
The Treasurer is a two-year commitment, with a possibility of running and serving up to two more two-year terms.