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Strengthening and Expanding World Language Programs Across the U.S.

March 22, 2016 Learning Link Blog no comments

Multilungual assistant/ translator/online support servicesThere have been a lot of headlines recently about swapping out world language programs for computer programming. While this can be very disconcerting, we are happy to report some positive news on world language programs that are getting the support they need to grow.

In Southington, CT, it appears that school board members and parents are very interested in expanding the world language program into the elementary grades. Last month the Cheshire, CT Board of Education voted in favor of an elementary Spanish program in the upcoming year. This decision came as a result of much hard work which included a feasibility study and task force report.

Jeri Chamberlain, World Language Department Leader, at the Farmington, CT public schools reports that in fall 2015 a new program was implemented, teaching Spanish in Kindergarten and Grade One – 5 days a week, and will add Grade Two next year.

Under a robust World Language Immersion program initiative in Delaware, students will have the opportunity to study Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. This program is expected to reach 10,000 K-8 students by 2022.

Across the country in the Scottsdale, AZ unified school district, a world language elementary program is also being implemented beginning with Spanish.

Is your language program expanding? Do you have any information, resources, or advice that could help other schools looking to grow language learning opportunities for their students? Please share it here.

Additional Resources:

2 Ways That Language Instruction Shined in 2015 – The EdVocate
Steps to a New World Order – Language Magazine

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