Spanish Professor Encourages DU Students, Preschoolers to Love the Language

In honor of Valentine's Day, 12 Duquesne University Spanish students will work with preschoolers two days this week at a nearby preschool, focusing on Spanish words for emotions and discuss the differences in Spanish and American celebrations for this holiday.

Dr. Lucia Osa-Melero, assistant professor of modern languages and literatures, launched the Niños y Niñas Bilingües y Biculturales program last year at the YMCA-Duquesne Child Development Center on Bluff Street.

Osa-Melero, who was honored as a SANS Inc./Mead Leadership Fellow for the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for her community scholarship, continues to enrich a local preschool by having Duquesne students introduce the 3- to 5- year-olds to Spanish language and culture.

The sessions benefit both the preschool and collegiate students, Osa-Melero said. Young students are able to learn foreign languages from their earliest months of life, benefiting other cognitive abilities, while the undergraduate students reflect on content as they prepare and teach younger learners.

With the fellowship, Osa-Melero plans to expand this program to public schools.

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