If you have a child entering first grade next year you may want to attend a meeting tonight where the Dual Language Immersion program will be explained. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the North Park Elementary School in North Logan, 2800 North 800 East.
Shauna Winegar, coordinator of the program in the Cache County School District, says the program provides students an opportunity to learn a second language with high levels of proficiency while acquiring a traditional education.
“We’re taking advantage of the natural language acquisition that happens in a child’s brain that is that young,” Winegar explains. “A child who is that young has a brain that is able to not distinguish, like our brain’s do and have to work so hard to distinguish between the two languages.
“Their brain automatically does that. They’re learning this accent-free. They’ll be able to code switch like a bi-lingual person can do.”
This is the second year for the program which is offered at four schools in the Cache County School District and two in the Logan School District. Winegar says both former Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. and Gary Herbert have been very supportive because they recognize the need for language skills in business, government and in education. For more information, call 245-6093 extension 103.