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Storybook Reading Continues to Get High Grades in Local Schools

Initiative was part of the International Education Week celebrations

Posted: November 23, 2005 Related item: Storybook Reading Kicks Off Education Week Celebration in Montevideo  

Volunteer readers Kristin Nealon and Beth Anderson pose with English teacher Valeria Gonzalez, center, and a class of first graders at School No.31 in Montevideo, November 21, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Volunteer readers Kristin Nealon and Beth Anderson pose with English teacher Valeria Gonzalez, center, and a class of first graders at School No.31 in Montevideo.

As part of a number of activities carried out by the U.S. Embassy Montevideo to celebrate International Education Week, the Embassy's Public Affairs Section launched on November 16, a Storybook Reading initiative for local public elementary schools that participate in the National English Immersion Program.

The initiative was an immediate success as students and teachers welcomed the volunteers who offered readings in English to classrooms of eagerly attentive 6 to 9 year olds. Hearing the English words they learn in class pronounced by a native speaker motivated the students to sing songs and recite children's stories in English, proving that they are in fact getting excellent instruction by their teachers.

The second storybook reading session took place November 21 at the elementary school No.31 in Montevideo. Two volunteers from the U.S. Embassy, Kristin Nealon and Beth Anderson, read to two classes of first graders taught by English teacher Valeria Gonzalez. The U.S. Embassy donated books and school supplies.

The U.S. Embassy Montevideo is planning further readings for other English immersion schools throughout Uruguay.

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First graders at Public School No.31 in Montevideo listen to a storybook reading by Beth Anderson, November 21, 2005. Also pictured are Kristin Nealon sitting at the desk, school principal Alfredo Yarzabal, right, and English teacher Valeria Gonzalez, left, sitting on the floor with the students. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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First graders at Public School No.31 in Montevideo listen to a storybook reading by Beth Anderson, November 21, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi) >Click to enlarge photo 

First graders at Public School No.31 in Montevideo listen to a storybook reading by Beth Anderson, November 21, 2005. Also pictured in the photo on the left, are Kristin Nealon sitting at the desk, school principal Alfredo Yarzabal, right, and English teacher Valeria Gonzalez, left, sitting on the floor with the students.


Kristin Nealon asks "how do dinosaurs say good night?" as she reads from a storybook to first graders at Public School No.31 in Montevideo. The storybook reading program was an immediate success as students and teachers welcomed the initiative. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Kristin Nealon asks "how do dinosaurs say good night?" as she reads from a storybook to first graders at Public School No.31 in Montevideo. The storybook reading program was an immediate success as students and teachers welcomed the initiative.

After their storybook reading, teachers and volunteers pose with the first graders class at School No.31 in Montevideo. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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After their storybook reading, teachers and volunteers pose with the first graders class at School No.31 in Montevideo.
 
 


A group of schoolchildren coached by their English teacher Valeria Gonzalez perform "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" during a storybook reading at School No.31 in Montevideo. Also pictured, at left, is volunteer reader Kristine Nealon. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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A group of schoolchildren coached by their English teacher Valeria Gonzalez perform "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" during a storybook reading at School No.31 in Montevideo. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi) >Click to enlarge photo 

A group of schoolchildren coached by their English teacher Valeria Gonzalez perform "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" during a storybook reading at School No.31 in Montevideo.


 

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