• Children who study foreign language statistically outperform non-language students in language, math, science and social studies."

    Carolyn Taylor

    Academic Benefits


    Research shows that students benefit academically from the study of a second language and gain positive attitudes about other cultures and languages. Read more about these studies on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) website:

     

     

    Career Opportunities


    The need for individuals who can speak and understand languages other than English is acute in many sectors in the United States, from business and social services to national security and diplomacy. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence report (HR Rep. No. 107-219, 2001) identified language as the single greatest need in the intelligence community. 

     

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  • Why Immersion?


    During the 2012-13 school year, 1,895 students in grades K-12 participated in the district's language immersion programs. These programs prepare students for our diverse and multilingual global community. Benefits of an immersion program include:

     

    • Early start
    • Native-like pronunciation
    • Extended sequence leading to higher proficiency levels
    • Better match with curriculum
    • Cognitively challenging
    • Culturally responsive