Next year's kindergarten students at schools in Sherborn and Dover, Mass., could be learning Spanish 20 minutes a day, four days a week, if school officials approve the plan set for debate in December. The language instruction will be added to each elementary grade, and students are expected to speak at an eighth-grade level by the time they enter middle school. Chickering Elementary School principal Theresa Nugent, chairwoman of the language committee, supports the move, saying research shows studying a second language helps young students' achievement in math and English-language arts.

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