A group of English students are getting their hands dirty to learn the lessons they will need later in life.
Students in the Lamar Career and Technical Center are able to earn one half credit in English each year over the two years they attend the center. The embedded English program works by taking a practical approach to whichever program the student is taking. For example, students in the auto tech program may write papers based on current trends in the industry, or practice skills needed to land a job. Teachers say it helps the kids connect with the lessons, and the students say it is making them better students by helping them get ready for the real world.
“The nice thing about the embedded English we have here is each program the English teacher incorporates her curriculum for that program, so when they go in to do English as the automotive students, it’s automotive English,” says automotive instructor Rick Piper.
The embedded English program is used in several areas at the Lamar Career and Technical Center, including automotive and carpentry.