New class lets students sample foreign languages

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Academics, Languages

By Kelsey Martinez
Staff writer

A language sampler class is now being introduced at Cactus Canyon Junior High School. It’s being taught by William Hulsey, who also teaches Spanish at the school.
The language sampler is a semester elective that covers four to six weeks each of Spanish, German, and French. About 70 students are taking the class during the first semester.
Students will learn colors, numbers, the alphabet, and basic conversational phrases in each language. Main conversation topics will include introducing oneself, talking about food, family, and telling time.
The goal for the class is to help students decide what they want to take later on at the high school level.
“I think they will get a good introduction to other languages,” said Joyce Gingrich, assistant principal at the junior high. “In addition, I hope they can see the relationship between the many languages in the world, and the relationship to our own language. So many of our words have their beginning in other languages.”
Mr. Hulsey has been teaching foreign languages for over 20 years. He received his degree from Eastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. His favorite language is Spanish because of his experience of living 16 months in Columbia.
“It’s my favorite thing to do,” Mr. Hulsey said when talking about teaching foreign language classes. “It’s hard to find a job you love.”

  1. Mr. LaPrise says:

    Kelsey – nicely done. I took one Spanish class. I lasted about 2 weeks. 🙂

  2. Isela Galvan says:

    I think teaching foreign languages is very cool . But it might be hard work for just one teacher (Mr.Hulsey) .

  3. bill says:

    i was about to take Spanish but i took band instead

  4. Morgan says:

    Man, I wish I took that class. Learning German sounds fun! But I’m sure 70 students is enough for Mr. Hulsey

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