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Navigating Your Child's Education: Grades 9-12

Laura Fitzpatrick

Currently working as a part-time staff writer for Worthington Christian School, Laura Fitzpatrick has seven years of classroom experience teaching ESL and Spanish K-12. She and her husband Joshua have two young children. As a mom of two young children, Laura is passionate about finding new ways to help her children grow and helping other parents do the same. In her “free” time (i.e. when her kids are napping, what she calls “happy hour”), she enjoys running and eating chocolate—not always at the same time.

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Is Foreign Language Learning Relevant Anymore?

By Laura Fitzpatrick on Nov 19, 2020 8:00 PM

Confession: I was that weird kid in high school that actually liked Spanish class. Prior to my sophomore year in high school, I'd never had any experience with a foreign language. I was quickly enthralled. The verb conjugation charts, the strange new phonetics of familiar letters, the shared vocabulary spoken in different ways, the completely novel vocabulary that just had to be memorized--it all made my brain so happy in a way I'd never experienced before. And I began to realize that there was so much about my first language I didn't know, like what in the world an adverb is and how English pronunciation rules make no sense.

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