Ambassador Martinez and Diplomats Promote English Language Teaching at Public Schools
July 5, 2011
Ambassador Vilma Martinez, Deputy Chief of Mission Jefferson Brown and other U.S. diplomats and Embassy staff members read books in English to children at eight public schools in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
"It has been a wonderful event. I love to talk with kids and share with them these beautiful books in their original language”, said Ambassador Martinez.
The event was held on July 5th in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires, teachers and staff of primary schools as part of the U.S. Independence celebrations.
Thanks to this initiative, students from seven to eleven years of age had the opportunity of listening to the book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein and “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, in their original language. These modern classics of U.S. children’s literature stimulate the imagination and inspire feelings of friendship and generosity.
Few of the students previously had any experience of native English speakers.