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Minnesota really does immersion

April 11, 2022

Not only does Minnesota have some of the oldest public Mandarin immersion programs in the country, it’s also got a ton of other immersion programs. Plus the excellent Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Advocates for Immersion Network (MAIN) at

I count twelve Mandarin immersion programs in the state. But it’s also got Spanish, French, German, Korean, Hmong and Ojibwe.

To take a little tour, check out this list of all the immersion schools in the state here. Note it runs to six full pages.

The MAIN group is especially important for Minnesota’s success in immersion. Instead of each school having to work out how to do immersion on its own, all the immersion programs across the state work together, sharing ideas, plans and systems.

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