September 15, 2011

Article: Williamson County, Tennessee Schools Set Sights on Developing Bilingual Kids


Williamson County schools set sights on developing bilingual kids
School district considers K-12 language program
by Maria Giordano
September 12, 2011

Kindergartners in Williamson County could soon be on their way to becoming fluent in a second language.

It’s only a goal for now, but school officials in the district are working toward the idea and have narrowed down the language choice to Mandarin Chinese, German, Spanish or French. Ultimately, whatever is selected would be taught to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, much like students around the world are taught English as a second language.

The idea that high school graduates should be fluent in a second language was born out of several community meetings held last school year. Thousands of parents turned out for brainstorming sessions to create the district’s seven-year strategic plan.

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