Efforts of leaders and educators in Utah to bolster language programs have boomed with dual-language immersion programs, which begin in first grade, in nearly half of the state's 41 school districts. Depending on the school, students spend half their day in English-speaking classes and the other half learning in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin, with officials planning to offer German and discussing the possibility of classes in Arabic -- efforts officials and parents say will better prepare students to compete in the global economy.

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