SITES recruits and trains Oberlin College students to teach Spanish in local elementary schools.
The Spanish In The Elementary Schools (SITES) program, initiated in the fall of 2005, recruits and trains Oberlin College students to teach Spanish at Eastwood and Prospect Elementary Schools in Oberlin, Ohio. These Spanish Instructors are trained by the program director (Kim Faber) through an intensive Oberlin College course entitled EDUCATION 101 “Language Pedagogy: The Theory & Practice of Teaching and Learning Languages.” In this semester-long course students cover pedagogical and professional issues related to language teaching, and address any issues or questions that arise as a result of their classroom teaching experiences.
The SITES program has three main goals:
- Expose Oberlin elementary-school children to Spanish Language and the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
- Offer Oberlin College students an opportunity to use their skills and work in the community.
- Advocate for Early Language Learning as an integrated part of the public school curriculum.
Currently, all Oberlin Public School children grades K-5, receive 30 minutes of Spanish instruction, twice a week during the school year. The Spanish classes are taught in Spanish by Oberlin College students who have been trained or are simultaneously in training.