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Central American native speaks to Spanish III

When students crowded into Senora Beatriz Foth’s Spanish class they smelled food, not typical American fast food, but Guatemalan food, such as tamales, tacos and fruit. And as they found out, Spanish class will not only be learning a language, but experiencing a culture as well.

George Solis, the painter for The Peoples Church, spoke to the Spanish III class on Oct. 11. While studying Central America, Senora Foth’s Spanish students needed to write reports on different countries. In order to aide the students, Senora Foth arranged for Solis to come as a guest speaker.

Solis spoke about his childhood and how he lived in Guatamala City, living in a middle class family and his father was a musician. He had most of the conveniences of modern day America and was offered the privilege to go to school though high school. But he regreted not paying too much attention in English class. He never thought he would need English.

Solis came dressed in traditional Guatemalan clothing and talked about his childhood living in Guatemala and the different foods and money situations he encountered while there.

“I’ve been a U.S. resident for about 15 years now,” Solis said. “I came to the U.S. after my parents were divorced and I came with my mother to Fresno. My first job was playing music in discos. My goal is that as they’re learning more about Guatemala, that they’d get something so great out of it that it sticks with them their whole life.”
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Senora Foth’s goals for her Spanish classes are that the kids will grasp the material and learn to apply it to their everyday lives.

“I want them to learn more about the Spanish culture as they go along,” Foth said. “More Hispanics are coming in to America and we are in need of translators. In order for students to get a job, being able to speak the language will benefit them.”

However, Senora Foth has more planned for her class.

“Next we will be working on South America and learn about countries down there,” Foth said. “I’m not sure who the guest speaker will be, but it’ll be both fun and educational. I want the students to learn about the different Spanish speaking cultures because not all of them are the same. They do not eat the same, have different traditions and different lifestyles.”

In the future, Spanish classes will also be studying Spain , the Caribbean and various other countries related to the Hispanic culture.

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