June 27, 2012
ESOL Camp Helps Hispanic Students Fine-tune English Skills
More than 50 Hispanic students from across Rowan County
have spent the past two weeks fine-tuning their English skills
through the use of technology.
Rowan-Salisbury, NC, School System is hosting its first English
for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) camp at Knox Middle School
this year. The program started June 18 and wraps up today with
students attending from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
coordinator Miriam Basso said many of the students participating
in the program strictly speak Spanish at home and the majority
of them dont have Internet access.
hoping the summer camp will help students get ahead before school
starts back in August.
really truly wanted to provide an avenue to keep them active
and keep them on the computer during the summer, she said.
That way the children are engaged and theyre learning.
Hunt, the districts ESOL director, said the program is
aligned with the districts focus on getting students up
to speed on listening, speaking, reading and writing English.
camp focuses on those four domains using an enrichment approach
infused with technology she said. Were really
excited about it.
the camp, students have been working with Rosetta Stone language
learning software to improve pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.
very basic, but it gets progressively harder, Basso said.
Its a very good program because it allows students
to move at different paces.
Rosetta Stone is not an instrument to replace teachers, its
just to support and try to fill in some of the academic gaps.
have also been using a variety of software including iMovie,
iPhoto, Comic Life and digital cameras.
have made brochures and created virtual field trips based on
countries theyve been assigned to research.
Sanchez, a rising third-grader at Woodleaf Elementary, said
hes had fun learning to use the different programs.
thought it was going to be hard, but its really easy,
Leslie Foster said the students havent had any problems
keeping up because technology has always been part of their
actually learned some things from them that I didnt know,
she said. Its been fun and they are definitely learning
more about technology while improving their language skills
by writing and learning new vocabulary.
Gonazllez said she enjoyed tapping into her inner artist by
drawing through the program Comic Life.
a fun thing to do, she said.
the camp hasnt just been fun, its given her the
tools to hone her English skills.
helped me read better, she said.
said parents brought rising second- through eighth-graders to
Knox from everywhere from Koontz to Mt. Ulla elementary schools.
had a pretty good turnout for this being the first time and
considering we didnt offer transportation, she said.
year, the district is hoping to have two camps in different
parts of the county in order to reach more children.