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San Antonio Schools Face High Demand For Dual-Language Learning

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Dual-language programs continue to grow in popularity throughout Bexar County as demand increases for curriculum that teaches multilingualism alongside standard subjects. At some schools, waiting lists contain hundreds of names.

There are many documented benefits to learning multiple languages early in life. Multiple area school districts have incorporated varying amounts of both Spanish and English into curriculum for years. A 2015 report cited San Antonio as a national model of success for bilingual education.

How do dual-language programs work, and why are they increasing in popularity? What is the level of local need for bilingual instruction, and how are schools evolving to meet that need?

What are the challenges and opportunities when it comes to the dual-language experience? Could dual-language learning help curb education inequality?

How can schools better prepare students for success in an increasingly diverse Texas?

 

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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, October 3.

 

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.