fbpx

Save Essential News!

Donate Today!

Donor Supporters

Jessie Ong

Alhambra Source provides objective and important news reporting for our community.

Efren Moreno, Former Alhambra Mayor

Thank you Alhambra Source for truly informing the residents of Alhambra.

Jeff Maloney, Alhambra City Council Member

The Source has become an important source for news, public interest, and serious journalism in our community. Keep it up!

Sara Harris

As a career journalist and EJ advocate, I see community-based media like the Alhambra Source as crucial to democracy and equality.

Chris Olson

I support Alhambra Source as often as I can because I believe a free and independent press is vital to the democratic process. No other news outlet with high journalistic standards consistently covers the stories and issues that matter to our community.

Adele Andrade Stadler, Alhambra City Council Member

The Source is a great independent newspaper that celebrates the communities and is not afraid to ask the tough questions!

Cliff Bender, Vice President, Alhambra Education Foundation

I want to know what's going on in my community- News, events, and human interest stories. The Alhambra Source gives me the information I need.

Joyce & Oscar Amaro, Alhambra Preservation Group

We support Alhambra Source because this online news source is vitally important in engaging, informing and educating the residents of Alhambra.

Laura Vasquez

Alhambrans need to know the truth about our area!

Michael Lawrence, Alhambra Arts Commissioner

Keep bringing on the stories. The Source has given us so much and I am happy to donate to such an important part of our community.

Karsen Luthi

Thank you for creating Alhambra Source and providing timely reporting of important local news. Fight on!

Mr. Konnyaku

I support news reporting that is unbiased and informative. Really enjoy the excellent coverage on local city council and planning commission meetings.

Guadulesa Rivera

Alhambra Source unifies the community and keeps us involved.

Erwin Lee

Such a valuable source of what’s happening in city where we live. Objective reporting that informs us and allows us to come to our own conclusions.

Inside Alhambra’s dual immersion programs in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish

  • Fremont Elementary's 2nd grade Spanish dual immersion class. All photos by Liezel Gutierrez.

  • Students in Fremont Elementary School's dual-immersion kindergarten class listen to the Spanish version of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs."

  • A student samples a moon cake during Marguerita Elementary School's kindergarten Chinese-language immersion class. Photo by Liezel Gutierrez.

  • The 2nd grade Chinese immersion class incorporates math and science vocabulary.

Location

Alhambra , CA United States

At the end of October, Fremont Elementary School’s first grade Spanish dual-language immersion class were treated to a special guest.

Los Angeles Times journalist Esmeralda Bermudez was stopping by to talk about the benefits of teaching children to speak multiple languages at a young age.

The Salvadoran American reporter grew up speaking English and Spanish. She made headlines after writing about a stranger scolding her for speaking Spanish to her daughter, thereby “confusing the poor girl” in public.

“One of the best gifts you can give your child — a gift that keeps connection to all generations and keeps your culture — is the gift of teaching your home language,” said Bermudez of what she learned from that experience, according to an Alhambra Unified School District press release.

Studies have shown that learning multiple languages results in healthier, more engaged brains. The California Department of Education has launched an initiative to get all K-12 students in the state to be bilingual by 2030.

A lot of Alhambra parents agree, based on the enrollment numbers for the school district’s Spanish and Mandarin Chinese dual-language immersion programs. One-hundred and seventy students are enrolled in the Mandarin Chinese dual immersion program at Marguerita Elementary School. The Spanish dual immersion program at Fremont Elementary School has 102 students enrolled. Both programs are in their third year, with three classes in kindergarten, first grade and second grade so far.

One morning in late September, Aileen Gao’s kindergarten class colored in drawings of a moon cake, which Chinese people eat during the mid-Autumn festival. Runa Ling’s 2nd grade class incorporates vocabulary about animals, plants and similar subjects that supplements the science and math lessons that her students learn primarily in English.

The program aims to have a class where one-third of students speak Chinese as their native language, one-third speak English as their native language and one-third are already bilingual, so that the students can help each other with language practice. “It is challenging to achieve exactly one-third fluent Mandarin speakers, one-third English only speakers and one-third heritage speakers, but our goal is to get as close as we can when balancing classes,” Marguerita principal Teresa Johnson said.

Students are treated to the classic story of “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” during Fremont Elementary School’s kindergarten Spanish immersion class, while the second grade class works on a reading comprehension exercise. The goal of the Spanish immersion classes is to have students speak 90 percent of the time in Spanish while in kindergarten and then go down by 10 percent each subsequent year until they’re learning half the time in English and half the time in Spanish in 4th grade.

Thank you for reading our story! Alhambra Source is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our newsroom reports fact-based quality journalism that educates, informs and engages our diverse communities - with no paywall. Support our mission and donate today!

The Alhambra Source encourages comment on our stories. However, we do not vet comments for accuracy or endorse links to posts in the comment section. The thoughts and opinions expressed belong solely to the author of the comment.

Leave a Reply

Do you have a question you would like to ask Alhambra candidates?

Ask your Alhambra City Council OR your Alhambra Unified School Board Candidates a question ahead of the 2020 elections!