Program Promotes Languages

Hispanic Students Learn About Heritage, Biliteracy

Posted: November 5, 2012 at 5 a.m.

Jeanette Arnhart, a student at the University of Arkansas, shows students at J.O. Kelly Middle School how to decorate sugar skulls during a lesson on the Day of the Dead, a celebration in central and southern Mexico on Nov. 1-2. Arnhart is working with other university students in the Latino Youth Biliteracy Program, an after-school program in its second semester at the school.

Jeanette Arnhart instructed a group of middle schoolers standing around a circular table on how to decorate calaveras de azucar, or sugar skulls, with icing and candy, a tradition associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.

At A Glance

The Latino Youth Biliteracy Project’s main objectives:

To promote linguistic competence in both English and Spanish.

To achieve greater cognitive development through language across the curriculum activities.

To foster deeper understanding and appreciation of Hispanic culture.

To develop cross-cultural communication skills.

To provide mentorship to Latino students and promote college readiness.

Source: Luis Restrepo, Professor Of Spanish, Latin American and Latino Studies, University Of Arkansas

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If Latino culture is so important to them, why not stay in their respective Latino country instead of forcing it down our throats??

Posted by: timothyearlbaker

November 5, 2012 at 5:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Well said Rufus, well said.

Posted by: suekmiller09281415

November 5, 2012 at 6 p.m. ( | suggest removal )