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Dual-language programs in schools gain following

from The Association Press via The Eagle

Working on a math assignment, the 6-year-old girl placed Popsicle stick after Popsicle stick in a horizontal line on the table. "Uno, dos, tres," she counted, all the way to 10. Next, the kindergartner, Isabelle Kao, plotted 15 dominoes. "Cual es más largo?" (which is longer?) her teacher, Graciela Martinez, asked. She gave the girl a hint, extending her arms wide. Isabelle pointed correctly to the longer line — the sticks. Martinez's class at Mark Twain Elementary in southwest Houston is one of a growing number of two-way dual-language classrooms, where native English speakers like Isabelle and native Spanish speakers learn together. more

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