Carbondale New School

Serving Southern Illinois since 1974

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Spanish Instruction

¡Bienvenidos a la página web de español a Carbondale New School!

Mexican Flag More than 37 million people in the United States speak Spanish at home as their primary language; more than double the number of those who did in 1990! Furthermore, the importance of Spanish in our culture is expected to grow, to an anticipated 43 million speakers by 2020.

In addition to the need for Spanish speakers in order to communicate with a significant portion of the population, there are many other benefits to learning the language. Studies have shown that students who learn another language reap cognitive advantages that lead to improved brain function. Moreover, language learning supports academic achievement by increasing reading skills, improving linguistic awareness, and scoring higher on the SAT and ACT tests.

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Having second (or third!) language instruction has positive benefits for all the learning children do in school. Additionally, students are able to gain a multi-cultural perspective and learn about other people and their way of life. These skills are crucial in the job market.

In recognition of these trends, Carbondale New School features Spanish language instruction at every level. As students age, their exposure to Spanish also grows- from 1 hour a week to 40 minutes a day. At CNS, students have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the language and culture through stories, songs, games, and interactive activities.

About Our Spanish Teacher

Spanish Teacher Holal My name is Elizabeth R. Null, and I am the CNS Spanish Instructor. I am originally from Veracruz, Mexico. After completing college, I moved to the U.S. and have lived in Southern Illinois for eleven years. I am married and have one daughter, Mali, who is eight years old, and two stepchildren. This is my seventh year teaching Spanish.

I am very excited about teaching Spanish at CNS. I teach in a way that is fun and entertaining for the students, while providing a basic understanding and vocabulary of the Spanish language. Every class, your child will be given a few handouts that you can use at home to keep him interested and give him encouragement. Since we meet only three hours per week, it is important to review lessons at home during the week. This will ensure your child is learning and keep him/her interested. I recommend Online Free Spanish for practice. Kids love it! Learning Spanish has never been more important, and has never been more fun!


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Quantity Item Description
All PreK-Kindergarten
124-count crayons (Crayola™ preferred)
1st-8th grades
13-ring binder (2-inch)
13-hole zippered pouch
13-hole plastic folder
12-pocket portfolio with prongs folder
1glue (4 oz)
Much-Appreciated Classroom Supplies
1 pkwhite cardstock paper
1 pkcolored cardstock paper
1 pkthermal laminating pouches
1 pksheet protectors
Lysol™ spray
disinfecting wipes
Kleenex™ facial tissues

Last updated 08/01/2022.