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Dual language immersion program proposed for Eau Claire students

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -- A new program is being proposed for young students in the Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD), that hopes to create bilingual citizens.

It's called the Dual Language Immersion Program, and it's for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Students in this program will go through classes, learning in both English and Spanish. This will not be a language course, instead, students will learn a class such as history or science, but it will be taught in Spanish.

The district is still working out the details, but leaders hope to start the program by the fall of 2019.

"Once you read all the benefits of being bilingual, you'll understand it can really help businesses prosper in our community, it can help students when they leave here be more successful," said Brianna Smit, the English Learners Coordinator for ECASD. "So, I think, yes the students and families will be the immediate benefactors of the program, but in the long-term picture, I think the community will benefit from us having a bilingual program."

Smith also said Spanish is the second most spoken language in the U.S., and it's used in several countries for daily life, so she hopes this program will help Eau Claire student flourish beyond their years of education.

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