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Sac State reception for Mexican educators

06-13-2011


Nine Mexican educators take a break from their studies at Sacramento State's College of Continuing Education.
A farewell reception and performance for nine teachers from the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Morelos were held at Sacramento State’s Napa Hall on Monday, June 13. The educators presented dances and songs representing different Mexican regions.

Scheduled guests included Mexican Consul General Carlos González-Gutiérrez, representatives from the California Department of Education, Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez and other campus leaders.

Sacramento State’s College of Continuing Education (CCE) in collaboration with the University’s Serna Center hosted the nine teachers for four weeks of intensive English language and cultural studies.

The Mexican teachers speak an indigenous language in addition to Spanish. After their English language and U.S. cultural studies, the teachers were to go to various migrant education centers in California that have high percentages of children and families who speak languages such as Mixteco, Zapoteco and Triqui. In those centers they will share their linguistic and cultural knowledge of Mexico’s indigenous groups, and provide academic support to migrant students.

Previous groups of Mexican teachers working with California’s migrant indigenous students needed increased levels of English proficiency to effectively assist students and families. CCE’s project is designed to address that challenge and provide teachers with a greater opportunity to develop their English language proficiency.

For more information about the program, contact Margaret Hwang, (916) 278-4478 or hwangm@csus.edu. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.