As Spanish-speaking immigrants from Mexico and Central America have spread across the United States in recent decades, one response has been to lobby local governments to declare English the official language. While that approach may have its place in certain instances, a better method for addressing the language barrier is being examined by Pitt County Schools.
As reported in Wednesday’s Daily Reflector, the school system is conducting a feasibility study on two-way immersion programs beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The programs would provide student instruction in both English and Spanish, alternating between the two. The concept is not new and has been adopted by school systems in several states.
Two-way immersion is among dual language education programs advocated by the Center for Applied Linguistics, which describes the method as teaching students literacy and academic content in English and a partner language.
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