Part 2: Preparing global citizens in West Virginia

Published: May. 22, 2018 at 4:48 PM EDT
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About 20 minutes from the city of Clarksburg stands both South Harrison Middle and South Harrison High School. That's where Graciela Barreto teaches Spanish.

With her own unique songs, she teaches her students not only the language but cultures of other countries.

"I tell them that this is a great opportunity for them to prepare for the future," she said.

The Venezuelan native has been working for Harrison County Schools for four years but has an extensive experience teaching here in the U.S.

"To teach about my culture and my language and I'm happy to be able to do that," she told 5 News.

And just like other world language teachers, she wants her students to be open to the world and be global citizens.

"It's becoming more and more important," said Barreto.

Teaching a language that is not normally spoken in this area can be a trick. However, she's noticed that through music, her kids are more engaged and eager to learn.

"I teach my students the sounds of my language, the sound the rhythm," she said. "It's an immersion that I do through music and through diction and phonetics and everything."

Barreto, who is also a professional musician uses music, as she says the language can be connected to the song.

"In the language, it prepares our senses to receive more information, more beauty of the life," she said.

But her main goal is to bring the world and her experiences to her students,

"Making them conscious that there's a big huge world out there," said Barreto.