Oakland, Calif., school immerses kindergartners in Spanish

06/27/2010 | Oakland Tribune (Calif.), The

Half of the kindergartners who entered the English-Spanish immersion program in August at Melrose Leadership Academy in Oakland, Calif., didn't speak Spanish, but it didn't take them long to adapt to a classroom where teachers never speak English. Ninety percent of kindergarten instruction is in Spanish, but more English instruction will be added each year. By the time students finish eighth grade, they are expected to be bilingual in reading, writing and speech.

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