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Carthage Schools Pilot Dual Language Program

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CARTHAGE, MISSOURI -  Next fall the Carthage School district will pilot a dual-language program.

Students in  Randi Nelson's kindergarten classes currently  partner up to find words related to a subject.  It's the same way some will be working together in a dual language class next year.

Nelson says, "It's a huge part of it so they can learn from each other.  Having an English learner student and an English speaking student together  really works well because then  it helps them to be more secure and  confident in their speaking."

Kindergarten and first grade students will learn both languages, immersion style.

Jana Sawyer, the English as second language coordinator says,  "The students will spend half the day in an English speaking  only classroom and half the day  in a Spanish only classroom. So, they will receive some subject matter  in Spanish and some  subject matter in English."

Nelson says learning dual language requires more critical thinking skills as students  break apart words and get a firm grasp on reading and writing.

Parents say it's a great way to improve a student's ability in both languages.

Esemeralda Portallo says, "We speak Spanish  a home but they don't know the Spanish.  They don't know how to read it, spell it ,so I think it's a great opportunity for them too."

Carissa Gober says, "My daughter's going to get to learn Spanish at a very young age instead of waiting until junior high or high school . I was a Spanish teacher previously and students struggle the older they get to learn a foreign language. And its harder for them  to pronounce the words as they get older and harder for their brains to just process the information."

Sawyer says it should speed up the process of learning English for those English language learners so they don't have to be pulled out of class as often for ESL work. And she says it will make students better prepared for a global workplace.  Plus parents say it should help with student relationships

Gober says, "Just the nature of them speaking different languages polarizes students sometimes   because they aren't able to communicate at a young age. So they form friendships  pretty young and this is going to unite them.".

Portallo says, "Oh yes, I think they can get closer to everybody."

    The classes will be held at Fairview Elementary,  but students district-wide can enroll.

     Enrollment  ends May 20th.

     But an informational meeting will be held on Tuesday the 12th.

     It will be presented in English at six o'clock in the evening  and in Spanish at seven o'clock. Both at Fairview.
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