In November, Californians voted yes on Proposition 58 with almost 73 percent support, lifting restrictions on bilingual education for English language learners and authorizing school districts to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and non-native English speakers.
This was an important win for parents who want their children to begin learning a second language at an early age.
Dual-language immersion is a method of teaching in which the learners study subjects such as math, science and social studies in a second language. Studies suggest that immersion is the most effective way to learn a foreign language, and that the critical window for learning is between birth and about 10 years of age.
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