La llegada de Sonia Sotomayor a la Corte Suprema es un logro sin precedentes en la historia del más alto estrado judicial del país ya que no solo es la tercera mujer en ocupar el cargo de jueza sino que es la primera hispana.
Pero la magistrada de origen boricua no está sola, al menos en otras ramas del actual gobierno. Hilda Solis es la secretaria de Trabajo y Ken Salazar, el de Interior. Y a ambos se suma Bill Richardson, gobernador de New Mexico.
La población hispana se ha convertido en la principal minoría de Estados Unidos con casi 46 millones de habitantes. Y su peso se sintió con fuerza en las últimas elecciones cuando diez millones de latinos participaron con su voto en noviembre del año pasado.
Organizadores dijeron que se han programado más acontecimientos grandes en el estado que antes por el mes nacional de la herencia hispana que inicia el 15 de septiembre. Estos van desde un baile de salsa multitudinario en la Plaza de la Fuente de Cincinnati hasta una Cumbre de Negocios Hispanos de todo el estado, a realizarse en Columbus el próximo mes.
Hispanic Heritage Month contest entry: Second graders learning a Folklorico routine at Windsor Park Elementary, Corpus Christi, Texas.
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In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson declared the observation of Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. This observation salutes the over 50 million Hispanics living in the United States. Many Hispanics still maintain their language, customs, and traditions, but it has been a struggle to do so.
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Maria J. Fierro-Treviño
Summer is almost over and teachers are preparing for Back to School. <<Oh, wait! What if it’s my first time ever for Back to School? What am I going to find in my new school? Will I like my students? Will my students like me? ¡Híjole! I hear so much about school administrators! O.K. I have to remember that they are not the enemy. I hope there is a curriculum handbook for Spanish. Hmmm! I won’t be the only Spanish teacher, so I’m bound to find someone that will help me. Maybe I’ll request a teaching buddy. Will my teaching buddy help me with my own goals and objectives for teaching Spanish and for inspiring students to love Spanish? >>
Dr. Emily Spinelli Executive Director, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Professor Emerita of Spanish, University of Michigan-Dearborne
For many years the foreign language profession viewed the teaching of language and the teaching of literature as two very separate and distinct activities. At all educational levels the reading of literary texts was often seen as a task that only very advanced students could undertake. As a result, the early years of instruction were generally devoted to learning the language so that students could study literature in upper-level courses.
Janet Glass Dwight Englewood School, Englewood, New Jersey
Alfred Nobel’s Peace Prize wished to reward, “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations.” What could be more critical today? As teachers of world languages, our medium is language but our message is one of cultural ambassador. Besides, what is more intriguing to a student than to learn how to make a new friend from another culture, to enter another world? This motivation is what stimulates our students’ curiosity and helps them master the language. But once hooked, how can we make the most of their interest?