WV Teachers Get a Taste of Salsa

November 08, 2002

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Educators from across the West Virginia today participated in an all day Salsa training session at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston.  

Salsa, a comprehensive Spanish-learning program geared toward K – 2 students, airs on the West Virginia Public Broadcasting channel twice a week.  

“I am proud that West Virginia was chosen as a pilot state for the program,” said Foreign Language Coordinator Deborah Harki. “This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers who may not be fluent in Spanish to learn the language and introduce it to youngsters in the classroom.”  

The program blends puppets, animation, music and classic children’s stories into a unique learning experience for first-time learners of Spanish language and culture.  

Salsa began airing this fall on WVPB. The program will be broadcast twice weekly through March 2003. Currently, 26 schools are participating in the pilot program.  

“I am excited that teachers have yet another tool they can use in the classroom,” said Harki. “This program has become very popular not just in West Virginia’s classrooms, but across the country.”  

For a copy of a Salsa broadcast or for more information about the program contact the West Virginia Department of Education at (304) 558-2699.

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