Opinion
International Opinion

Utah: Pioneers in Language Immersion

By Anthony Jackson — December 01, 2011 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

I want to continue with the theme of world languages, specifically focusing on Utah’s dual immersion programs, which are among the best in the country.

Support for language learning has been strong for many years. As stated by Gregg Roberts, World Languages Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education, “Utah is a small state, so for us, economic development and participation in the global community are vital. With this in mind, we realized that developing global citizens is a requirement for Utah students. For its future economic success in the twenty-first century, Utah needs a global workforce that is multilingual.”

In 2007, the Utah legislature funded the Critical Languages Program to support the growth of Chinese dual immersion programs across the state. Support has also been provided for K-12 dual immersion programs focusing on Spanish, Chinese, or French. In 2010, over fifty of these programs existed in the state with a goal to have over 100 dual immersion programs by 2015. One example, Eagle Bay Elementary school in Farmington, Utah, is a K-6 school catering to almost 1,000 students in a Spanish dual immersion environment. Consistently scoring above the district average, the school serves as a model to other programs in the state, receiving visits from more than thirty schools per year.

As you can see in the state’s new video showcasing the immersion programs, parents, teachers, members of the state school board and legislature, as well as the Governor are excited and supportive of the program. They realize the opportunities it will bring to the state to keep it economically competitive—not just with neighboring states, but with countries around the world.

On another note, the annual ACTFL convention just finished in Denver a couple of weeks ago. ACTFL released their vision for Alignment of the National Standards for Learning Languages with the Common Core State Standards. View this document and give feedback on their website.

The opinions expressed in Global Learning are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.


Commenting has been disabled on edweek.org effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Ensuring Continuity of Learning: How to Prepare for the Next Disruption
Across the country, K-12 schools and districts are, again, considering how to ensure effective continuity of learning in the face of emerging COVID variants, politicized debates, and more. Learn from Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent
Content provided by Class
Teaching Profession Live Online Discussion What Have We Learned From Teachers During the Pandemic?
University of California, Santa Cruz, researcher Lora Bartlett and her colleagues spent months studying how the pandemic affected classroom teachers. We will discuss the takeaways from her research not only for teachers, but also for

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

International Global Test Finds Digital Divide Reflected in Math, Science Scores
New data from the 2019 Trends in International Math and Science Study show teachers and students lack digital access and support.
3 min read
Image of data.
iStock/Getty
International Pre-COVID Learning Inequities Were Already Large Around the World
A new international benchmarking highlights gaps in training for digital learning and other supports that could deepen the challenge for low-income schools during the pandemic.
4 min read
International Part of Global Trend, 1 in 3 U.S. High Schoolers Felt Disconnected From School Before Pandemic
UNESCO's annual report on global education progress finds countries need to make more effort to include marginalized students, particularly in the United States.
4 min read
International How Schools in Other Countries Have Reopened
Ideas from Australia, Denmark, and Taiwan can help American district and school leaders as they shape their reopening plans.
11 min read
Students at the Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan, perform The Little Mermaid in full costume and masks.
Students at the Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan, perform The Little Mermaid in full costume and masks.
Photo courtesy of Dustin Rhoades/Taipei American School