80 Greenville middle school students test their Spanish skills at El Rancho

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:56 pm on Friday, May 18, 2012


Greenville eighth grade student Trenton Hopkins, 14, orders a burrito in Spanish from El Rancho’s in Greenville on Friday. A group of about 80 Spanish students from Greenville Middle School went to El Rancho’s to practice their Spanish language skills.


Middle-school Spanish students took a lunch trip to El Rancho’s after studying the language and culture of Mexico.

The idea behind the visit was for the students to interact with El Rancho employees in Spanish, including ordering in Spanish.

“We recently studied the language and culture of Mexico, including the basic dialogue used in ordering food at restaurants,” said Amber Guerreiro, Spanish teacher at Greenville Middle School.

She said the students were able to interact with native speakers at El Rancho’s and the employees work the students during the ordering process.

When Guerreiro told the students they would be going on the trip, she said they were both excited and nervous.
“I’m excited to use Spanish in public,” said eighth-grader Konner Moore. “I get to show off a little.”
He said everything he ordered went smoothly.
Eighth-grader Katrina Thompson said she was excited about the trip as well.
“It’s gone really well,” Thompson said. “I went last year and loved it.”
Gurerreiro said anyone who has taken Spanish one and two is able to attend the lunch, which are mainly seventh and eight graders.
One student, sixth-grader Emma Folwer, was also able to attend. She had just moved to Michigan from Colorado where she was able to start taking Spanish at an earlier age.
“It’s an example of where we want to be,” Gurerreiro said of taking foreign languages at a younger age and said she is excited about the new Chinese Immersion classes that will be offered to some Greenville kindergardeners next school year.
“Someday it will get our kids ahead in the workfore,” Gurerreiro said.
Leigh Acker, Greenville Middle School principal, said she applauded Gurerreiro for giving the students this opportunity.
“This is a great real-life experience,” Acker said.

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