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Volumes of new vocabulary

Dear Editor:We, the second-grade teachers at the Aspen Elementary School, are so grateful to be recipients of the $2,200 grant titled New Student (Non English) Kits from the Aspen Education Foundation. We have purchased The Rosetta Stone and The Oxford Picture Dictionaries to assist us in supporting the new, non-English-speaking children in our classrooms. Our English Language Learning students are gaining important vocabulary. With these auditory and visual programs students have been able to work in the classroom and progress at their own speed.Having specific vocabulary and language goals help us, as teachers, to incorporate the students’ learning into the classroom environment. Acquiring an oral vocabulary is one of the first things non-English-speakers need to do and both these programs support that goal. Both programs also incorporate written language and are interactive, so we feel our students are being served. Coming to a new country with a new language is a tremendous challenge for these young children. We truly appreciate Aspen Education Foundation’s support as we welcome and help these students become part of our community.Thank you, AEF, for the time and energy you give to the teachers and students of our school district. Susan McKellerMargaret SymondsSara MercantiMimi HauensteinAspen Elementary School


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