Should Wake beef up its foreign language instruction to offer an immersion program in one or more schools?
That's an idea being studied by the school board's student achievement committee. The issue could come up at Tuesday's committee meeting.
In a dual immersion program, students would spend a significant part of the day learning in both English and another language. They'd often be paired with native speakers in that other language.
In full immersion, students would learn everything but English language arts in another language.
The closest Wake has come is at Joyner Elementary, which from 1999 to 2002 was dubbed a Spanish immersion school. Students received 2 1/2 hours of daily instruction in their regular subjects — math, science, writing, language - completely in Spanish.
But complaints from some parents and a hard time recruiting magnet students caused Joyner to scale back the program. Students still get daily Spanish instruction, but it's for far less time now.
Foreign language instruction has been harder to get at elementary schools, especially non-magnet ones.
Click here for a handout from Wake staff on immersion programs.
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