8/30/2011

In Utah, 57 schools in the state are offering dual immersion learning in first grade, an increase of 16 from last year. The children split their day between a teacher speaking English and another teacher speaking either French, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. About half the programs across Utah are in Spanish. The state wants to have 30,000 children enrolled in dual immersion programs by 2015. "The reason why we're doing this during hard economic times is this is all about Utah's future," said Gregg Roberts, a state language specialist.

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