Surge in immersion programs spreads

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 12, 2013 - 12:27 AM

Middle and high schools are adding language immersion programs to meet rising demand, changing demographics and a need to compete in an increasingly multilingual world.

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eddy4555Feb. 12, 13 5:55 AM

I am grateful to see people in MN realize and take action in creating these Immersion programs as I do not believe the Government alone could pull it off.

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rms316Feb. 12, 13 6:19 AM

I think it's great and hope it continues.Traveling to other countries and seeing teenagers and even younger speaking a language in addition to the native one is refreshing.

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danjFeb. 12, 13 7:41 AM

It makes sense to teach language to children at an early age, when their brains are wired for language acquisition.

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eljeljFeb. 12, 13 7:58 AM

The immersion program in our district is a joke. It creams off the best kids and best facilities and disadvantages anyone who is not in the program. Our immersion program has a 2% free and reduced population versus 20% for the rest of our schools, gets the best school building and leaves a few classrooms in that building that they call a "school". What is funny is that they parents actually think their kids are getting such a great education. The test scores for the school are less than one percent better than the rest of the elementary schools. I bet if you compared equal free and reduced lunch populations they would do a lot worse.

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marsbonfireFeb. 12, 13 9:15 AM

My kids have been in Spanish immersion since they began kindergarten, they're both going into Jr. high next year and will be continuing in an immersion program, not only for Spanish, but Mandarin as well. They both exceed standards in math and reading skills on their MCA's Being trilingual will put them one step ahead in a global job market and a changing demographic in this country. My wife and I are are extremely happy that we made the decision.

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herbalteaFeb. 12, 1310:26 AM

I looked into this briefly, as I know learning a language is easiest when one is younger, and it greatly increases one's marketability and annual income. The one or two schools I looked at left me with questions (like, no English allowed at all?) This article shows me there are various approaches and different quality factors at each school. Yet where do I find an extra 100 hours to research the options so I pick the best school? I'm planning to move, and would like to move to where the best school is. I wish there was a central info center with side-by-side comparisons of what is offered locally.

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savagedruidsFeb. 12, 13 3:00 PM

Language conversion will be done transparently via a ear bud. Ipods can already be used as translators. Within ten years there won't be a language requirement in college.

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