"The [languages] are the same," Maria said. "When you say something like 'hola' it means 'hello.'"
Kindergarten teacher Susana Arevalo had her own version of dual immersion as a child. Her parents spoke Spanish but her older siblings and classmates spoke English. She believes learning the two languages will benefit her students as it benefited her.
"They will be able to read and write in both languages and that will be a great advantage for them as they go on in their education," said Arevalo, who taught at Edison for eight years teaching the dual-immersion class this year. "There's also an appreciation of other cultures, and their attitudes are more positive about what's around them."