In the Fall of the 2009-2010 school year, the Hawthorne ELP launched its parent-funded Spanish language program. All ELP students in grades K-6 receive conversational, immersion-style Spanish instruction five days a week in 15-20 minute blocks during the school day. Research shows this type of small-block learning, reinforced throughout the week, to be an effective way to learn a foreign language. Many Hawthorne ELP students are ready to take advanced Spanish classes upon graduating elementary school.
In 2017, Maestra Anyela Bennett Rodriguez joined Hawthorne ELP as Spanish instructor. She is a native of Venezuela. Maestra Anyela teaches the competencies identified by the Utah World Languages Core Standards.
The ELP Spanish program at Hawthorne is funded entirely by parent contributions. By pooling parents' resources, the cost amounts to an estimated $100 per student per year for instruction, and parents are encrouaged to donate $100 per child in the beginning of the school year.