Published April 14, 2013, Associated Press
MIAMI – Duna Lopez started school in Miami last fall not knowing a single word of English.
The 8-year-old girl from Barcelona, Spain, with dark blond hair was placed in the Coral Way Bilingual K-8 Center, the nation’s oldest bilingual school. For half the day, she receives classes in Spanish; it’s English for the rest. During language arts, she gets pulled out with three other new arrivals for extra help on grammar and phonics.
After seven months, she’s one of the most active participants in class.
“In five months, like that, I learned it,” she said.