If signed into law, a bill passed in the Utah legislature last week would help create 15 dual-language programs at elementary schools, according to a March 7 article in the Salt Lake Tribune. The programs would teach Chinese, Spanish, French, and Navajo, along with English.
Last summer, the legislature in Texas passed a bill to create a six-year pilot project for dual-language programs in 10 Texas school districts. See “School Districts That Offer Dual-Language Classes Through High School.”
In dual-language programs, children who are native speakers of English and children who are native speakers of another language, such as Spanish, learn both languages in the same classes.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.