August 31, 2013

Glendale Unified in California Sees High Demand for Popular Dual-language Immersion Program


Glendale Unified sees high demand for popular dual-language immersion program
August 23, 2013
By Kelly Corrigan

Glendale Unified is grappling with the expansion of its popular dual-language immersion program to meet the demand from students and parents.

The program, in which students are given a choice to spend at least half of their instructional day speaking and learning in a language other than English, was established in 2003. That year, 18 kindergartners spent 90% of their instructional time speaking and learning in Spanish at Thomas Edison Elementary.

It has since expanded to several more schools where students learn Armenian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean or Spanish.

But not every language program takes students in their chosen language through 12th grade, and not every school where there is an established program has enough space to continue to house the classes.

“One of the issues we are dealing with is the overwhelming success of the program,” said Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan. “I think it far exceeded our expectation.”

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