Webinar: What’s your dual language IQ?

If you’ve ever thought about creating a dual language program at your school, or if you’ve ever wondered how to make the program you already have even better, then we’ve got a webinar just for you: on Thursday, October 20, David Rogers is sharing the secrets to creating successful dual language programs in a free, one-hour webinar.

David Rogers is the executive director for Dual Language Education of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting the effective design and implementation of dual language education programs. In his presentation, David will show you how to ensure success for students, parents, and teachers by designing and implementing effective dual language programs. If dual language education is in your school or district’s future, you won’t want to miss this latest installment in the Ahead of the Class webinar series for leaders in education. Space is limited, so register today.




Dual Language Education: Designing and Implementing Effective Programs

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. MDT (1:00-2:00 p.m. PDT, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT)

Presenter: David Rogers, executive director for Dual Language Education of New Mexico

Looking for more great resources? Visit our webinars page to watch archived presentations on implementing successful RTI frameworks, helping English learners improve literacy, and finding more funding for your school or district.




Immersion learning: Bilingual education for young students

I recently had an interesting conversation with some friends. They informed me that their daughter is learning Chinese. Their first-grade daughter.

Now, I didn’t know that first-grade students even had the option of learning Chinese. Aren’t they busy learning things like the alphabet? Or basic arithmetic?

It turns out that their daughter Madelyn is participating in a Chinese dual-immersion program. These types of programs are nothing new. Spanish immersion programs are largely more common than Chinese programs; however, Chinese programs are also becoming very popular. The programs typically start in kindergarten or first grade and continue for several years, often into middle school. The objective of these programs is not only to teach students another language but also to help them appreciate another culture.

But isn’t it overwhelming for the student? Does her learning suffer?

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