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In the News - Spanish majors work with Latino community to improve their English


Early morning Friday, Hannah Oak and Maria Corral have their last English session in Crispin Hall at Illinois College.

Oak’s been tutoring for three semesters, but she’s about to leave for Spain to study abroad next semester.

It’s part of a growing program on the campus in which Spanish majors work with members of the Jacksonville Latino community to improve their English.

Oak, a junior majoring in international studies, Spanish and Japanese, has Corral read “George and Martha: One Fine Day” by James Marshall. Children’s books are useful tools to practice English, because the words frequently rhyme or at least have similar sounds.

As 9 a.m. approaches, Oak rushes to class, having lost track of time, as is usually the case.
She expresses concern for a Spanish project due and Corral is quick to encourage her.
“You’ll do fine,” she says.

The tutoring may have its academic base, but it’s turned into something much bigger — a friendship.
Read the entire story as it appears in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier.
Photo and story by Jake Russell, Journal-Courier
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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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