Opportunity for Holyoke students to learn a second language

Dual language program kicked off Tuesday

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – An opportunity in Holyoke for students and parents who struggle with the English language. Enrollment opened Tuesday for a dual language program, where teachers instruct in both Spanish and English.

“They are learning to read, write, speak comprehend two languages simultaneously,” said Amy Burke, the principal of Joseph Metcalf School. “We really feel like we’re creating students who are going to be ready for a global economy.”

The program is in it’s second year, open to first grade students in Holyoke. The city has a strong Latino community. One parent told 22News this program is also great for students who only speak English, and would like to be able to learn Spanish as well.

“In my household we speak two languages, English and Spanish, but, that doesn’t necessarily mean my children speak both languages. So they struggle with the Spanish language sometimes because we are constantly talking in English,” said Gabriel Serrano of Holyoke.

Principal Burke told 22News the younger you are, the easier it is to learn a second language. That’s why this program starts at the first grade level.

If you are interested in the program for your child, you can email Principal Burke at aburke@hps.holyoke.ma.us or give her a call at 413-534-2104.

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