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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