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By Megan Lay
Cougar News Blog

One of the many electives Cactus Canyon has is Spanish.
There is the Spanish A1, which is the beginning class and there is Spanish B1, which is the more advanced class. Both are taught by William Hulsey, who also teaches the exploratory language class.
There are over 123 students in both Spanish classes, which are available to both seventh and eighth graders.
Students take the classes to learn how to speak basic Spanish and earn high school credit, but also get to learn a little about the cultures of countries that speak the language.
Each chapter in the e-textbook focuses the culture of a country where Spanish is spoken.
Hulsey said, “This class focuses on several Spanish-speaking countries.”
Mr. Hulsey teaches about about countries like Puerto Rico, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, and Venezuela.
“I am taking this class so I can learn about my culture and my language,” said seventh grader Ashley Altherr. “By learning this I will be able to teach my younger brother and I will be able to talk to my uncle, who only speaks Spanish.”

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.”