OSU to host Spanish program for elementary students


CORVALLIS - The Hispanic Beaver, a three-week summer Spanish program for second- through fourth-grade students who have had little or no Spanish, will be held June 20 to July 8 on the Oregon State University campus.

Students will be initiated to language learning by engaging in activities and projects focused on Spanish and Latin American societies through a well-developed language component, workshops, crafts, films, games and more, said Angela Palacios, an instructor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at OSU.

"The point of the program is for the children to have fun gaining general knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures, communication skills and sensitivity to different cultural contexts," Palacios said, adding that all of the activities are instructed in Spanish.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is offering the event and Precollege Programs is sponsoring it.

Cost for the program, which will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, is $335. There is a $20 price break for siblings. Workbooks are not included in the price.

A $100 deposit is due by Friday, May 13, with the balance due Friday, June 10. Checks should be made payable to The Hispanic Beaver and sent to Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Oregon State University, 210 Kidder Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-2123.

For more information, call 737-2146, e-mail angela.palacios@oregonstate.edu or go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/foreign_lang/amigos/index.html.