In DC and elsewhere, there’s a lot of interest in programs that immerse kids in another language. The 13 programs offered here–seven in DC Public Schools and six in the charter sector–all have long waitlists.
Students enrolled in a language immersion program don’t just take a class in Spanish, Chinese, or French. They spend half the school day or more learning about other subjects IN a language that’s not their native one.
Research has shown that young kids pick up a second language easily this way. And studies have found that language immersion confers other cognitive benefits as well, such as enhanced problem-solving abilities.
Want to know more? On Thursday, June 11, the DC Language Immersion Project is sponsoring a forum at Tyler Elementary School, 1001 G Street SE, from 7 to 9 pm. Panelists will include teachers and administrators at language immersion programs in DC, along with a researcher and a 4th-grade student. I will serve as moderator.
If you can’t make it to the forum, the DC Language Immersion Project’s website has a wealth of information and resources.