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These Kindergarteners Already Speak More Languages Than You

December 10, 2013
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These Kindergarteners Already Speak More Languages Than You
An innovative bilingual program in Wisconsin trains students to be bilingual.

Students at one Wisconsin elementary school are learning to read, write and speak two languages…at the tender age of five! Schurz Elementary start kindergarteners in a dual language, Spanish-English program that runs all the way through elementary school. Their teacher currently teaches 80% of the day’s lessons in Spanish, and the program helps both Spanish-speaking students who are learning English as a second language and vice versa. The district is planning on adding more classes at the middle school level, to make sure that students continue to use their language skills and remain fluently bilingual.

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