URBANA—In its first year on the Worldwide Web, University of Illinois Extension’s Spanish-language web site has reached its one millionth hit, said Jane Scherer U of I Extension urban programs specialist. En Espanol features a number of Extension information sites in Spanish.
“U.S. Census figures indicate that during the last decade, Illinois saw a 69 percent increase in the Hispanic population,” said Scherer. “Extension believes it is important to serve this audience with a broad range of programs.”
En Espanol can be found on Extension’s Urban Programs Resource Network site at: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/index.html .
“Through En Espanol, users can access a number of websites as well as important information to help with health, education, and daily living,” said Scherer, who added that a number of popular English-language sites have been translated and are now available on En Espanol.
Among these new sites is one on West Nile virus, Fight the Bite in English. The Spanish version can be found at: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/westnile_sp/ . There are also Spanish sites on sports nutrition for high school athletes, gardening for children, a site for students and teachers on world energy and environment issues, and a number of sites designed for use in elementary school science lessons.
One of these, Let’s Talk about Insects, is Hablemos de Insectos, located at: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/insects_sp/ .
“It actually has more ‘hits’ on the Spanish-language version than on the English one,” said Scherer. “I suspect many of them are coming from students in South America.”
The main website has long enjoyed use from around the world and the Spanish-language version is following in that tradition.
“Initially, I was surprised at the amount of use En Espanol was receiving,” she said. “But it took off immediately. It is demonstrating the importance of Extension programs and services in Chicago, Illinois and the world. It is making U of I science-based research available in a timely fashion to Spanish-speaking audiences around the world.”