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Minnesota's dual-language immersion programs serve growing student needs

from Pioneer Press

Brittany O'Connor presented a typical math lesson to her third-graders, but she taught it in an unconventional way — in Spanish. O'Connor's 23 students are part of Little Canada Elementary School's growing dual-language immersion program — the Roseville school district initiative that pairs students who want to learn Spanish and native speakers with limited English skills. School officials say the concept has a proven track record nationally of boosting the academic achievement of native and new English speakers, with students emerging from the program after middle school fluent in two languages. more

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