Partnership with Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS)

In this partnership, RALL graduate students provide weekly Spanish lessons at the Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS), a Cincinnati public school serving students from pre-kindergarten to third grade. The graduate students who teach at CANS do so as part of a year-long teaching internship program in RALL. Before beginning in the classroom, CANS teaching interns undergo four weeks of intensive training in foreign language education for young language learners. Interns learn to develop lessons that use Spanish meaningfully through song, games, and real-world communication. The CANS partnership is housed within the Cincinnati Bilingual Center.   

Meet the Spring 2022 Spanish Teaching Interns! 

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Claire James will be a CANS Teaching Intern for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Claire is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati and is studying Spanish and Criminal Justice. She recently traveled to Spain to immerse herself in Spanish language, and she hopes to return one day to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) there. Claire is excited to teach at CANS and to help the children there find a love for learning languages.

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Rayi’El Ellis will be a CANS Teaching Intern for the spring of 2022. Rayi’El is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati and is studying Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Spanish. She began learning Spanish in fifth grade at a summer program and carried the love of language learning into her college career. She has also worked with children in many different learning spaces and is excited to combine the two experiences and grow the love of language learning for herself and the students!

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Tessa Ervin will be a CANS Teaching Intern for the 2022 spring semester. Tessa is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati studying Speech Language Hearing Sciences with minors in Early Childhood Education and Spanish. She has been studying Spanish since middle school and is excited to continue learning and improving along with the rest of the CANS team. Tessa cannot wait to meet all of the students at CANS and help make learning Spanish fun!  

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Adriana Prieto has more than ten years of experience as a children’s literature teacher. She has worked as a researcher and writer in different educational projects for Fe y Alegría, a prominent movement for integral education in South America. In her home country of Venezuela, she was awarded a prestigious grant to develop a regional program for teaching and promoting children’s literature in different communities. She has authored a children’s book titled Where Are We From?, published with the support of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and Wave Pool. Adriana is also a proud CANS parent, and she is excited to help CANS students develop their literacy in Spanish.