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Published on October 28th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Richland One Seeking Parent Input on Language Immersion Program

Richland One is exploring the possibility of starting a language immersion program next school year, and district administrators want to know what parents think of that idea.

Unlike a foreign language class, in a language immersion program, all or a significant portion of the academic day is taught in another language, including core subjects such as math, science and social studies.

“Students wouldn’t speak English; they would speak that target language from the beginning of that period of time until the end of that period of time. They truly would be immersed in that language,” said Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us in Richland One to increase our offerings but, of course, for the benefit of our students,” Witherspoon said. “We are in a global society now. Our community is diverse – lots of different cultures, different people – and that’s what makes us great.”

The district is seeking input from parents to gauge their level of interest in a language immersion program and to find out which languages they would be interested in their children learning through the program. Richland One parents are encouraged to take the survey, which will be open through November 10, 2015.

“The survey results will inform how we move forward – where we might place the program, how much space we need to dedicate to this program, etc. – and then we will go back out to our parents and present our findings and recommendations,” Witherspoon said.

Parents can go to the district’s website (www.richlandone.org) or click on the following link to take the survey:

http://richlandone.checkboxonline.com/LangImrsParentIntSur.aspx

For more information, contact the Richland One Office of Communications at (803) 231-7504.

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