Approximately 25 bilingual students will participate in Cuesta College’s 11th Annual Poetry in Translation event, a bilingual poetry reading that allows English Second Language (ESL) students to read poetry aloud in both English and their native language. The event will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. on Cuesta College’s North County Campus in Dallons Hall in room N3102.

Along with students, the poetry reading will feature multiple Cuesta College ESL faculty members and a Cal Poly student instructor. This year several native languages will be spoken, including Mexican indigenous languages and Chinese.

“The students who participate experience such a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from speaking both their native language and English in front of a live audience,” said Donna Bower, ESL instructor. “This is a great way to demonstrate what these students have learned.”

The event is open to the public and Cuesta College students, faculty and staff.  Refreshments will be provided beginning at 7:15 p.m. The reading is not recommended for children under the age of six.  The event is being sponsored by the Cultural Diversity and Student Equity Committee and Associated Students of Cuesta College.


Lauren Milbourne / (805) 546-3108 / Lauren_milbourne@cuesta.edu / Posted: 4/9/14