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New Language Immersion Programs For Providence Students

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Language immersion programs known as “dual language” programs are a growing trend in public elementary schools. They allow students to become bilingual...

Language immersion programs known as “dual language” programs are a growing trend in public elementary schools. They allow students to become bilingual in English and another language, like Spanish. Providence Interim Superintendent Christopher Maher at his office on the city's West Side.

Providence school officials have just announced a plan to offer new dual language programs in Spanish and possibly Mandarin at Carl Lauro Elementary School.

The programs would begin with two Kindergarten classrooms in each language, then add a grade every year until fifth grade.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison stopped by the office of Providence Superintendent Chris Maher to learn more about it. (They spoke during rush hour, so you may hear a siren or two in the background.)

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Providence Interim Superintendent Christopher Maher at his office on the city's West Side.
Providence Interim Superintendent Christopher Maher at his office on the city's West Side.
Providence public schools will expand language immersion programs into several kindergarten classes
Providence public schools will expand language immersion programs into several kindergarten classes