Spanish is the second-most-spoken language in the world and English is the third. Learning these languages can be extremely beneficial, especially if you learn them at a young age.

In an Immersive Learning project, Ball State students from two Spanish classes worked with the Dual Language Immersion Program at West View Elementary by teaching second-graders in both Spanish and English.

The Ball State students led class discussions and read books aloud to students in Spanish. They also created promotional materials to spread the word about this program in the Muncie community.

“As much as I enjoy working on language skills with the kids, what is equally fulfilling is creating a relationship with them and knowing that my peers and I are working as Latino role models for them,” said Isabelle Wright, a pre-medicine and biology major.

The Ball State students who are a part of this project come from a variety of majors, from Spanish to communications.

“This has been a great opportunity for all of us to work together and showcase our strengths in areas other than Spanish,” said Bailey Fields, an international business and Spanish major. “We need people who are good writers and good with graphic design. Being able to work closely with everybody and get to know them better while also benefitting the community was really awesome.”

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