More than 300 Delaware kindergarteners will be given the opportunity to study Mandarin Chinese or Spanish this fall as part of the state’s World Language Expansion Initiative.
The elementary immersion program will continue for the students into middle school. Instruction will include 50 percent in the world language and 50 percent in English. Governor Jack Markell believes being fluent in several languages will give children a significant advantage when applying for jobs.
The following schools will participate:
Chinese: McIlvaine Early Childhood Center, Caesar Rodney School District; Kent County
Spanish: John M. Clayton Elementary School, Indian River School District ; Sussex County, Lewis Elementary School, Red Clay Consolidated School District; New Castle County.
To learn more about immersion and Delaware’s program, visit doe.k12.de.us.