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Immersion schools booming in Colorado Springs

January 14, 2014
photo - Students hold lanterns for St. Martin's eve, or Martinsfeuer, during a performance for German International Day at Global Village Academy Charter School in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday, November 22, 2013.  (Kent Nishimura, The Gazette)
Students hold lanterns for St. Martin’s eve, or Martinsfeuer, during a performance for German International Day at Global Village Academy Charter School in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday, November 22, 2013. (Kent Nishimura, The Gazette)

There’s foreign language class, and then there’s foreign language immersion.

There’s a big difference.

At most schools, students learn to speak, read and write in a second language for one class period a few times a week.

At Global Village Academy, up to 95 percent of a student’s day is spent learning about reading, writing, math, history, science and other subjects in a second language.

Students comprehend the material quickly, said the assistant principal of the Colorado Springs campus, Alicia Welch, because teachers use demonstrative gestures, facial expressions, intonation, photos and other nontraditional and engaging actions.

“It is amazing to see how well the kids do with the program,” she said.

Read more at http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-charter-school-touts-foreign-language-immersion/article/1511971#bbX8JWkoxrRAEJPv.99

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