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New York City added 29 immersion programs this year

May 13, 2014

New York City is going all-out on the immersion front to attract more families into the public school system, while simultaneously serving the needs of English language learners. I added four new NYC schools to the full Mandarin immersion list today. Note that Dual Language programs mean immersion programs where there are equal numbers of students who speak both English and the ‘target language’ – in our case Mandarin. These are also sometimes called two-way programs, as opposed to one-way programs meant for English-speaking students.

29 new dual language programs to open

Monday, 17 June 2013 18:09
Spanish is the most common of the dual language programs in New York City schools, including this one at PS 249 in Brooklyn.Spanish is the most common of the dual language programs in New York City schools, including this one at PS 249 in Brooklyn.Photo by Pamela Wheaton

The city plans to open 29 new dual language programs in elementary, middle and high schools in September, according to alist of new programs released by the Department of Education. New York City’s public school students speak over 185 languages at home, as reported in the city’s recent Internal Budget Office audit of city schools, and there are dual language programs in at least a half-dozen of those languages.

Please see more here.

Dual language programs offer English speakers the opportunity to learn a second language alongside native speakers of another language who become proficient in both English and their native tongue. Ten percent of the city’s more than 150,000 English language learners were in dual language programs in 2011, according to the IBO.

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