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Jonesboro students hone Spanish skills
while doing community service
March 13, 2009 --
Arkansas State University students have a chance to
help newcomers to Jonesboro while also expanding their education. A
course titled “Spanish Internship” is offered through the Department of
Languages for students majoring or minoring in the language and consists
of working with Spanish-speaking people in a real life environment.
Through this class, students are given the opportunity to work at the
Jonesboro Hispanic Center, where they are involved in helping
Spanish-speaking children with their homework, helping adults translate
their needs to local health care centers, and writing articles for the
Center’s newsletter, La Ventana.
“This experience is very helpful to students because it allows them to
have direct and regular contact with native Spanish-speaking people,”
said Ana Romero, instructor of the internship. They are also exposed to
the traditions and culture of the individuals. “This course provides a
unique opportunity for our students to perfect their Spanish while
performing a community service,” said Romero.
The students are required to keep a daily Spanish journal about their
weekly activities. This diary will then be used to write a final essay
in Spanish that will summarize the experience.
information about the course, contact
Ana Romero, instructor in
the Department of Languages, by e-mail at