Fairfield-Suisun children receive an early introduction to foreign languages ​​at Solano College

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ROCKVILLE — It was 2001, when Monica Samo, then a student at Solano Community College, spent one day a week sowing the seed of second-language learning by teaching elementary school children French.

“It was an amazing experience. Now I can watch my child experience it,” Samo said, now watching his own school-aged son, Dominic Samo, learn French with another Solano College student.

Samo said she pulled some of her teaching materials out of the closet and plans to continue developing her son’s French fluency.

“It’s a perfect age,” Samo said. “They are such enthusiastic learners.”

Samo and his son were one of many grade school classes from the Fairfield-Suisun School District who visited the Solano College campus as a conclusion to the college’s teacher-supervised inter-age education program. of French and a cross-age coordinator Lorna Marlow-Munoz.

The program both sparks an interest in languages ​​at a young age and helps language students at Solano College gain teaching experience. Participating Solano College students spend half an hour a week in an elementary school classroom teaching French or Spanish through games and songs, and earn teaching credits.

“It helps them get their feet wet in education,” Marlow-Munoz said.

Mother Shadia Jones said she loved that her daughter Leila Jones came home signing French songs and started teaching French words to one of her cousins ​​before he left in France.

“It’s fantastic because they absorb more at that young age,” Jones said.

Elementary school students Dan O. Root, KI Jones, and B. Gale Wilson began their tour next to Solano College Building 400 to take photos and sing French songs as students and teachers walked by. They then walked around campus, met with counselors, chalked their names outside the student union, and then had lunch outside the college theater.

Marlow-Munoz began bringing students to college 15 years ago “as a way to expose young children to the college experience.”

She and her students used to talk about Solano College during visits to elementary schools, but Marlow-Munoz said it didn’t make as strong an impression as bringing young people to college.

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