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Education Week: Dual language programs becoming popular

October 31, 2015

Districts Diversify Languages Offered in Dual-Immersion

Arabic, Vietnamese are latest offerings

As demand for dual-language-programs surges around the country, school districts are beginning to offer students a broader array of target languages to learn.

School leaders in New York City, the nation’s largest district, are expanding their dual-language offerings beyond Spanish and Mandarin to include Russian, Hebrew, Japanese, and Haitian Creole.

The Houston school district opened an Arabic-language school this year, in part because the metropolitan region has seen its Arabic-speaking population spike in recent years.

And in the Westminster, Calif., schools, the state’s first Vietnamese dual-language program opened in Little Saigon, a Vietnamese enclave in Orange County.

For decades, a desire to preserve native languages has driven demand for programs. Economics also play a sizable role, with a growing number of states seeing foreign language as the key to accessing the global economy.

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