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Minnesota surge in bilingual students calling for teaching shift

from Pioneer Press

Spanish teacher Javier Blazquez was tired of seeing Hispanic students' bilingual abilities languish, so he found a way to challenge them. The Burnsville High School instructor created his Spanish-for-native-speakers class for those students who grew up speaking the language at home with the aim of improving their writing and grammar skills. "All these kids were taking Spanish I or Spanish II, and it is such a waste for them to spend time on things like vocabulary they already know," Blazquez said. "What I'm trying to get for them is the ability to read and write Spanish well because it will help them in their future careers." His class is the latest example of how educators across Minnesota are trying to better serve growing diverse student populations. more

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